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Charges laid in assault involving Surrey Creep Catcher group

Last Updated May 18, 2017 at 8:30 pm PDT

Members of Surrey Creep Catchers line up outside Surrey Provincial Court, ahead of Constable Dario Devic's court appearance (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 photo)

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – RCMP say two men associated with a vigilante group in Surrey have been charged with assault.

Police say Ryan LaForge is charged with one count of assault and one count of uttering threats related to an alleged incident on April 3.

LaForge, who is the president of the Surrey Creep Catchers, posted a Facebook Live video saying he had been arrested after conducting a “citizen’s arrest” of a target.

The group targets people they allege are child sexual predators by posing as minors online, arranging to meet their targets and filming the encounters, which are then posted on the Internet.

The RCMP say the 34-year-old LaForge is also facing a separate assault charge in an alleged incident on April 19.

In a news release, police say there was a confrontation between a man alleged to have been involved in child luring and three men believed to be involved with the vigilante group.

Thirty-seven-year-old Lance Loy of Surrey who Mounties say is also from Creep Catchers is also charged with one count of assault.