B.C. man caught in Creep Catchers sting and confrontation charged with child luring
Surrey Creep Catchers president Ryan LaForge (left) confronts a male in a Facebook video. (Screengrab)
A man who was allegedly involved in a physical confrontation with Surrey’s Creep Catchers has been charged.
Kuljinder Singh Bhatti, a 35-year-old Burnaby man, faces charges of trying to lure a minor for a sexual purpose and of making an arrangement with a person for a sexual offence involving an underaged individual.
The confrontation took place Monday and was captured on video by Surrey members of the controversial vigilante group Creep Catchers.
In the video, a man believed to be Bhatti can be seen being repeatedly shoved up against a wall. According to Creep Catchers, Bhatti thought he was meeting with a woman and her six-year-old child but instead was greeted by chapter president Ryan LaForge and associates.
LaForge was also arrested during the incident and is under investigation for possible assault.
Following Monday’s incident, Surrey RCMP’s special victims unit launched an investigation which culminated in Bhatti’s arrest on Thursday.
Police are asking anyone with information about the incident or the suspect to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.