Man Arrested for Threatening Rafters with Rifle on Squamish Valley Road

By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: July 31, 2013

Squamish RCMP has charged a 37-year-old North Vancouver resident for uttering threats and pointing a firearm, following an incident at the 15 km marker on Squamish Valley Road on Tuesday, July 23.

At 4:30, last Tuesday evening, two men called the police and reported that they had been threatened by one male with a rifle on Squamish Valley Road.

The two men told the police they had turned on a dirt road near the Squamish River with plans to go rafting.

They were approached by a man who started questioning them about why they were in the area. He told them they were on his private property and ordered them to leave.

When the rafters questioned his attitude and claims about them being on his property, the man went to his Mazda pickup truck, and came back with a rifle.

He pointed the rifle at the men. They quickly left the area.

Later they called the police, who cordoned the area and called an emergency response team.

Two hours later, they stopped the Mazda pickup truck at the intersection of Paradise Valley Road, and arrested the man.

The suspect was uncooperative with police and the investigation is ongoing, according to Sgt. Wayne Pride of Squamish RCMP.

Pride also said the public should inform the police if they see any suspicious activity or people in these rural areas.

Police also found the suspect was not legally licensed possess the rifle.

Cyclist hit by car

 On July 19, around 9 pm, police received report of a cyclist who said he was hit by a car while cycling northbound on Government Road, at the intersection of Garibaldi Way.

The car was described as a blue compact sports vehicle, possibly a Honda or Hyundai or something similar, with a loud muffler. 

The car appeared to have come from the highway and made a right turn, northbound on Government.

The cyclist was in the middle of the intersection; the car ran the stop sign and struck the cycle’s front tire, knocking the rider to the ground.

The car driver did not stop to help, but the victim said the driver appeared to be a darker skinned, younger driver.

The victim went to Squamish General Hospital and required stitches to a head injury sustained in the accident.

Police are reviewing video surveillance in the area in an attempt to identify the suspect vehicle and driver and are seeking the public’s assistance in doing so as well.

If anyone was in the area and witnessed the incident or has any potential information relating, please call the Squamish RCMP at 604-892-6100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). 

Numerous Vehicles Targeted

Police received several calls for vehicle break in and thefts last week. Vehicles were targeted on Judd Rd., Plateau Dr, Plateau Cres, Ross Rd, Plateau Dr, and Pennylane Pl.

Police are aggressively working to identify suspects by increasing patrolling in these areas, according to Sgt. Pride.

Police are also advising residents to not leave any valuables in the car.