“While we are still standing by that observation about the instigators, we are learning that most of the people that joined in the riot and that have now been charged represent a wider spectrum of young people, many of whom do not have criminal records," Chu said in a news release today (June 20).
According to Vancouver police, 12 people have turned themselves in to the department over incidents during the riot. Three more people have turned themselves in to other police forces.
The total number of people arrested has hit 117.
Two men are facing charges in connection with the alleged stabbing of two men on Hornby Street during the riot.
Edgar Ricardo Garcia, a 20-year-old Burnaby resident, has been charged with aggravated assault.
Joshua Lyle Evans, a 27-year-old Calgary resident, has been charged with possessing a weapon dangerous to the public peace.
Police have recommended charges against six other men—hailing from Burnaby, Delta, Maple Ridge, and Surrey—for various offenses linked to the riot, but these have not yet approved by Crown counsel.
Chu urged people who were recorded committing crimes in photos and video to turn themselves in to police.
“If you come in voluntarily you can do so discreetly and at a time that is convenient for you,” Chu said. “If you wait until we find you - and we will find you - we will arrest you in a public manner suitable to the public crimes you have committed.”
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