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9Mar

Woman assaulted after allowing stranger into home

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A woman in North Vancouver reported being sexually assaulted after allowing a stranger to use a washroom in her home, according to RCMP.

North Vancouver RCMP said the alleged assault happened in the early afternoon of Feb. 27 in the Upper Capilano area.

Police said they have not received additional information that would  make them believe the public’s safety is at risk.

“Police wish to take this opportunity to remind people not to allow strangers into their homes,” said Sgt. Peter De Vries in a press release.

Police have released a composite sketch of the suspect and are asking anyone who can identify the man to contact them at 604-985-1311.


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22Jan

Conditional discharge for Mountie who assaulted handcuffed homeless man

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A Kamloops Mountie has been given a conditional discharge for an assault that occurred when he lifted a handcuffed homeless man by the throat so he could force him to stand.

Const. Joedy Todd Henderson pleaded guilty to the August 2017 incident, which began with a city bylaw officer attempting to ticket the victim for an unauthorized temporary shelter space.

“The assault occurred on a vulnerable witness who was in handcuffs at the time of the assault and was a marginalized person in this community,” said Kamloops Provincial Court Judge Roy Dickey.

“[Henderson’s] actions have negatively affected the public’s perception of police officers.”

‘Grabbed’ by the throat

In sentencing the 45-year-old, Dickey said Henderson had been struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder in the years leading up to the assault.

“He believes he was worn down at the time of this incident,” Dickey said.

A bylaw officer called police for backup after the victim —  Sean Redenbach — refused to accept a ticket. But the “Code 3” call mistakenly gave a higher level of urgency and danger than the situation warranted.

A number of officers attended and Redenbach was placed in handcuffs “for safety purposes.” He was told to sit down. Dickey said he was calm when Henderson arrived 15 minutes later.

A Kamloops provincial court judge gave Const. Joedy Todd Henderson a conditional discharge for assaulting a homeless man in August 2017.

The bylaw officer and Henderson believed a photo of Redenbach was needed in order to ticket him. The judge said they were mistaken.

Redenbach — who was still sitting — tried to use his knees to shield his face.

“Const. Henderson grabbed Mr. Redenbach by the throat and raised him to his feet,” Dickey said.

“He then attempted to control his head so a photo could be taken. Const. Henderson admits that he had no right to force Mr. Redenbach to have his photo taken.”

The judge said Redenbach then tried to pull away from Henderson, who “delivered knee strikes” to the victim’s body.

Struggling with PTSD

The Crown had asked for a suspended sentence, which would have left Henderson with a conviction on his record, but the defence argued that the public interest would be best served with a conditional discharge.

Henderson suffers from PTSD, which Dickey said he attributes to a 2010 incident in which a suspect tried to run him down with a vehicle and the officer was forced to fire his weapon.

RCMP Const. Joedy Todd Henderson was given a conditional discharge after pleading guilty to assaulting a homeless man in August 2017.

“He receives a disability pension for this disorder and continues to suffer from symptoms of the disorder and did so at the time of this offence,” the judge said.

Henderson has been an RCMP officer for 16 years and has an otherwise spotless record.

He was commended for a previous incident in which he and another officer managed to calm down a man who was brandishing a hatchet in the middle of Kamloops.

The judge said the RCMP docked Henderson 21 days pay after a code of conduct disciplinary hearing. He was also placed on stress leave for nearly nine months, returning to traffic services last summer.

Dickey said Henderson appears genuinely remorseful and has been attending counselling for PTSD.

The conditional discharge means that after a year’s probation, no conviction will be entered on the Mountie’s criminal record. Dickey also ordered him to perform 30 hours of community service with a local business organization.


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17Nov

Woman assaulted after man follows her to Vancouver apartment, say police

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Vancouver police say they are looking for a “person of interest” after a woman reported she was sexually assaulted in the West End early Saturday.

Police say a woman was followed into an apartment building on Bute Street near Pendrell Street around 3 a.m., and was assaulted by a unknown man.

The victim did not know the suspect according to police. Officers say they are looking for a man whose image was captured on the building’s security camera.

May have a limp

The man is in his 20s or 30s, has a slim build, short dark hair and dark facial stubble.

He was wearing a burgundy toque, a black zip-up jacket, blue jeans and may walk with a limp.

Police are asking for the public for information to identify this man. (Vancouver Police Department)

Police say the assault appears to be isolated, but was sexually motivated.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 604-717-0601 or through Crime Stoppers, which is an anonymous tip line 1-800-222-8477.




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