But just past our print edition’s news deadline on Friday, Surrey RCMP informed us that the first carjacker was apparently white – not South Asian – after they obtained a surveillance photo of the pair they believe to be responsible for two incidents.
The wrong description of the couple was because of witness accounts on Wednesday night. However, the photo now shows that description was incorrect.
Surrey RCMP said on December 11 (Wednesday) at about 10:30 p.m., they responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in the 10400-block of King George Boulevard. They learned that the driver of a blue 2003 Dodge Caravan had been approached by a male and female as he got out of his vehicle. The male produced a sharp-edged weapon and demanded the keys for the vehicle. The driver complied and exited his vehicle.
As the male suspect was getting into the vehicle, he was approached by two other males, described as white males in their mid-20s. The three males got into a physical altercation during which one of the two white males got into the van and drove off. The couple was last seen walking away southbound, and the other white male northbound. The van was last seen on King George Boulevard and has not been recovered, nor has the white male who stole the van been identified. The driver of the van was unhurt in this incident.
About 10 minutes later, police received a call regarding a male that had just been stabbed. The victim, a 37-year-old resident of Surrey, advised police that he was walking on King George Boulevard near 106th Avenue when he was approached by a male and female who he got into a verbal argument with. The male produced a sharp-edged weapon. The victim advised that they walked away from each other when he realized he had been stabbed. The victim was transported to an area hospital but has since been released after being treated for a single stab wound to the upper torso. The victim advised that he did not know the male or female, and was not forthcoming on what the verbal altercation was over.
“Due to the circumstances and details of each case, we are looking to establish the connection between the two incidents,” says Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet. “Until we locate and speak to the individuals involved, we cannot confirm officially that the cases are linked. Our investigators have obtained a picture from a surveillance camera that we hope will generate tips from the public and assist us in identifying the couple.”
Anyone with further information about either of these incidents is asked to call the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS.