A Surrey man says he was wrongly accused in a Creep Catchers sting, and now he’s considering legal action.
Darrell Berekoff says he was wrongly identified on Facebook after the vigilante group posted a video on July 30th.
“It’s like the worst thing ever, because of one overzealous follower that decided to take it upon himself to ruin my life.”
He says what followed was a week of death threats, messages to his family, and even his employer.
“It’s not me, that’s all I can say. And the guy who phoned my work, come on buddy, I think you need to relax a bit and find the other guy. I don’t care what you do to the other guy, but it’s not me.”
Professor of criminology at SFU Dr. Rob Gordon says with this incident, and the other last month where a Surrey RCMP officer was falsely identified in a sting, the Creep Catchers are walking a thin line.
“Why these guys are continuing to do this after they’ve had at least one innocent person who was falsely accused is beyond my understanding.”
Gordon says the Creep Catchers are conducting themselves in arrogance which will only stop if they’re defamed themselves, or…
“…In the alternative they’re sued and have to fork out large amounts of money.”
For it’s part, Ryan Laforge with Surrey Creep Catchers told Global News the group had apologized, but Berekoff says it’s too little, too late.