Halloween night was more of a trick than a treat for a 19-year-old in West Vancouver.
An alleged assault, a 90-day revocation of driver’s license and police discovery of a fake gun that was not part of anyone’s costume marked a series of Halloween night police calls, all linked to the man.
West Vancouver Police Spokesman Const. Kevin Goodmurphy said the action started after two women and a man called police around 10:15 p.m. on Oct. 31 to report that they had been assaulted near the intersection of Marine Drive and Morgan Crescent in Sandy Cove. The trio told police they had been in the area when a vehicle stopped and five people got out and attacked them. According to police, the victims, aged 19-22, suffered facial injuries and one was taken to hospital for further assessment.
A description of the vehicle – a 2021 Honda CX5 – was sent to other police officers who found it shortly after near the intersection of 21st Street and Jefferson Ave, Goodmurphy said. Police saw the Honda again driving onto Highway 1 in a westerly direction and registered on radar driving at a speed of 147 kilometers per hour in a 90 km / h zone. Police pulled the driver over at the Caulfeild exit.
Officers suspected the driver – a new driver and resident of Lions Bay – showed signs of weakening, Goodmurphy said.
The man was asked to blow into a breathalyzer and failed twice, Goodmurphy said – resulting in an immediate 90-day revocation of the man’s driver’s license and a 30-day seizure of the vehicle.
Officers also discovered that the driver was carrying a copy of the Glock-style airsoft gun and brass knuckles in his jacket pocket.
“It’s a very, very realistic gun,” Goodmurphy said.
While it is not illegal to carry a fake gun, the red flag is raised, Goodmurphy said.
“I can tell you it’s not a very smart decision,” he said. “There’s no really justifiable reason to drive around at night with it in your pocket. It would be hard to convince any of us that you want to go home to your friend to shoot some targets for fun.”
Both items were seized.
Goodmurphy described the situation as very dangerous and said the man’s actions put many people in danger, including himself.
“Should officers be presented with a person holding a replica-like gun, they may not be able to tell the difference from a real one, and that could lead to fatal consequences,” he said.
West Vancouver Police were also called out around 11:30 p.m. Halloween night for a report of a large gathering of teens firing fireworks from the roof of Ecole Pauline Johnson.
Officers attended and monitored a group of 40 to 50 14- to 16-year-olds for about 40 minutes as they slowly filtered out of the area.
“It was a challenge for our officers just to disperse the crowd,” Goodmurphy said.
Officers reported that there were no fireworks visible when police arrived at the scene, and no signs of alcohol or intoxication.