After three males assaulted Vancouver police officers during a routine traffic stop in Downtown Vancouver, all three suspects were arrested and charged.
The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) stated in an October 10 news release that prior to 10 p.m. on October 9, two plainclothes patrol officers witnessed a Dodge Durango drive through an area of Granville Street with restricted to public vehicle access. At a news conference on October 10, VPD spokesperson Sgt. Jason Robillard noted that the vehicle had an N (or novice) designation, which restricts the vehicle to one passenger only (unless with a supervisor).
When the officers stopped the vehicle with their emergency lights on Robson Street between Granville and Seymour streets, the three men in their early 20s were confrontational, verbally abusive, refused to follow police direction, and began reaching under the seat. Sgt. Robillard also stated at the VPD news conference that one of the suspects lit a cigarette and blew the smoke in the face of an officer.
When an officer opened the passenger door, the passenger in the front seat pulled the officer into the vehicle while the other two men began to punch the officer in the face and head.
As the second officer moved in to help, the three passengers continued to assault the officers as they exited the vehicle.
One man ran from the scene, as the uninjured officer pursued him. The male suspect ran through a red light at Robson and Seymour streets where he was hit by a truck but continued running until he was arrested by the officer on Richards Street between Robson and Smithe streets.
A bystander captured the incident on video.
The man who ran from the scene was uninjured, but was assessed at hospital and released.
The injured police officer is recovering from significant injuries to his head and face.
All three men, who are all known to police, were arrested and were taken into custody.
Two West Vancouver residents, 22-year-old Troy Michael Robinson and 21-year-old Brendan John Robinson, are charged with assaulting a police officer causing bodily harm and willfully obstructing a police officer.
Meanwhile, 24-year-old Victoria resident Brian Benjamin Allen is charged with possession of stolen property under $5,000 for allegedly taking the injured officer's cellphone.
According to the VPD, additional charges related to alcohol and drugs seized from the vehicle may also be laid.
Anyone with information about or footage of this incident is asked to call investigators at 604-717-2541 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.