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American wanted on riot charges caught at border

By Tyler Orton, 24 Hours Vancouver

An American, wanted on charges stemming from the 2011 Stanley Cup riot, was arrested Monday evening following his attempt to cross the border into Canada.

Dakota Schlag was detained at the Douglas crossing for secondary questioning after a border guard discovered the 20-year-old had been flagged on the Canadian Border Services Agency database.

"Once officers confirmed that he was in fact the subject of the warrant, he was arrested and detained until the RCMP arrived," said CBSA spokeswoman Faith St. John.

Vancouver police Const. Brian Montague said Schlag, a University of B.C. student at the time of the June 15, 2011, riot, was subsequently released in Surrey with a promise to appear in court Sept. 25.

Two others living in the United States are still wanted on Canada-wide warrants related to riot charges.

Canadian Nigel Li, 20, is studying in Illinois, while 21-year-old American Jensen White is living with his family in Seattle.

Investigators have been in contact with both men and have urged them to make "convenient" arrangements with police to return to Canada to face charges," according to Montague.

"We don't want to have the same thing (that happened) with Mr. Schlag happen with the others where they try to come back into the country and they're detained at the border."