Surrey RCMP says no one has been charged following an arrest after a Surrey Creep Catchers sting.
In a Facebook video, president of the vigilante group Ryan Laforge claims he was arrested, charged with assault, and released on $1,000 bail after a sting Monday night got heated.
However, that’s not what the Surrey RCMP says.
In a statement, Mounties confirm they were called to the scene and arrested one person, though they’re not confirming who it was.
“Allegations from two parties included child luring and assault. Surrey RCMP attended [the] scene and reviewed not only eye witness accounts but also video depicting some of the incident,” says the statement.
“As the investigation is ongoing, police are not in a position to discuss identity of the parties or details of the allegations at this point. The individual arrested was released on a promise to appear, and no charges have been laid.”
The statement adds the Surrey RCMP does not support or condone vigilantism.
In a separate Facebook entry posted earlier Monday night, Nicole Hunter, who acted as a decoy in the sting, says the incident happened at a Tim Hortons at Surrey Central Mall.
In a video of the sting, the Laforge and Hunter, are seen trying to detain a man who allegedly took an offer to sleep with a mother and her six-year-old child.
The video appears to show Laforge shoving the man against a wall.
“If you try to f*** move, I will f*** end your life. Do you f*** understand,” says Laforge.
“You are here to F*** a six-year-old girl. You just asked me if we could buy lube. Guess what, you’re going to jail.”
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Hunter also appears in the video, telling the man cops are on their way.
“You are f*** sick. Do you know how badly I want to push your head into the f*** wall right now?”
Hunter says Laforge was arrested shortly after the Mounties arrived.
“The cops were all leaving and we were leaving and they said just one more thing…we need to talk to Ryan. They said ‘Ryan, we’re putting you under arrest for assault,’ then they took Ryan away.”
Hunter claims Laforge approached Surrey RCMP about the sting Sunday, she says the RCMP gave the go ahead and to contact Mounties once a citizen’s arrest was made.
“I’m actually proud of myself”
In light of what happened last night and facing multiple defamation lawsuits, the president of the Surrey Creep Catchers vigilante group says he won’t stop his confrontational style stings against alleged pedophiles.
“I’m actually proud of myself that that’s all I did,” Laforge tells Global News reporter Rumina Daya.
When asked where he would draw the line, he says “when the government says 10-years mandatory when you touch a child.”
LaForge says he feels like he was in the right of putting his hands on the man.