A man who was allegedly assaulted by Surrey Creep Catchers President Ryan LaForge during a sting has now been charged.
Surrey RCMP says 35-year-old Kuljinder “Kelly” Singh Bhatti of Burnaby is facing charges of child luring and making an arrangement with a person for a sex offence with a minor.
The incident unfolded Monday, in a sting set up by the vigilante group.
Bhatti, a Surrey realtor, had allegedly agreed to meet with what he thought was a woman and her six-year-old child, but was actually LaForge and a decoy.
A video of the meeting appears to show LaForge shoving Bhatti against the wall and threatening him.
When police were called, LaForge was arrested at the scene, and later released on a promise to appear.
Now, police say the call led to an investigation by the RCMP’s Special Victim’s Unit, and Bhatti was arrested Thursday.
“A breath of fresh air”
“We’ve been told forever and ever just hand it over to police, don’t film, don’t expose these guys,” says LaForge, calling the charges “a breath of fresh air.”
He says the arrest vindicates the group’s methods.
“We would have never gotten 250,000 views on this video if we didn’t go live. There wouldn’t be the push for something to be done on this case if we didn’t go live. If we would have just handed it over it would have been swept under the rug like all of the other cases. As far as are they moving forward and working with us more? Yes. Is it because the public is demanding it more? Yes.”
Bhatti is due in court late Friday afternoon.
This is the second SCC sting that has led to an arrest, the first, last September, was one of the RCMP’s own
Police say the assault allegations involving LaForge remain under investigation.