Disgraced pair charged in riot 0
An image from Camille Cacnio's blog depicts her in a YouTube video of riot footage (left) and in another photo from the same night (right). (PHOTO FROM WEBSITE)
The first riot charges of 2012 include a woman who posted a 3,500-word apology letter online and a man who allegedly punched a firefighter.
Richmond resident Camille Cacnio is charged with one count of participating in a riot and one count of break and enter, while Burnaby's Dustin Anderson faces one count of participating in a riot and one charge of assault.
Cacnio, a 21-year-old University of B.C. student, apologized publicly online for her involvement in the riot after footage of her carrying clothing out of a tuxedo shop was posted online.
The science major apologized to city staff, her employers, volunteer organizations and her school. She later deleted 90% of the letter, largely excuses and explanations that had drawn scathing comments from readers.
Cacnio also defended herself, claiming she had stopped people from damaging downtown foliage.
"That night, I saw a few people that were trying to knock trees down. So what did I do? I yelled at them, saying "Please, not the trees!!!!" . They stopped. And I felt like a hero," she wrote.
Calls Monday to Cacnio's residence went unanswered. When 24 hours first contacted her in June, her mother said the public shaming had gone too far.
"She hasn't been able to sleep," the mother said before breaking down.
Anderson, 21, was identified online for allegedly punching a firefighter during the downtown mayhem. A YouTube video showed a man matching his description yelling insults at a firefighter and a police officer before punching one of them.
To date, 215 charges have been forwarded to the Crown for approval. Including charges against Cacnio and Anderson, the Crown Counsel has approved 77 charges against 30 rioters.
On Friday, Coquitlam resident Ryan Dickinson, 20, entered the first guilty plea on riot charges. Dickinson pled guilty to participating in a riot and to breaching bail conditions related to a previous matter. Crown will drop two other counts of mischief over $5,000 in exchange for the plea. Dickinson has been in custody since being arrested for breaching a court-ordered curfew the night of the riot and sentencing is expected on Feb. 7.