Whistler RCMP have laid charges against a 27-year-old Mount Currie man after the alleged sexual assault of a child at Whistler's recreation centre.
Police were called to Meadow Park Recreation Centre at 8 p.m. on April 8, said Sgt. Rob Knapton in a release.
"We received a call of an incident at the pool. The report was that an adult male had followed a young girl into a shower in the family change room."
The victim, who was surprised by the man, told him to leave. The male then pulled her towel away and touched the girl, who was under the age of 12.
"She responded by pushing him away and telling him to leave, then went to find and tell her father," Knapton said, who noted the victim's actions and swift response by staff. "The father reported the incident quickly to staff, who contacted the RCMP. "
Ryan Jonathan Mills appeared before North Vancouver Court on April 9 on charges of Sexual Assault and Sexual Interference. He was released by the court to return on April 17, under several conditions, including not to contact any person under the age of 18 or anyone who appears to be under 18.
Mills is known to police and they are looking for any other witnesses that may have information. They can contact Whistler RCMP at (604) 932-3044 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).
OLYMPIC PLAZA TREES VANDALIZED
An employee of the Resort Municipality of Whistler contacted the RCMP on April 9 at 8:56 a.m. to report that damage had been inflicted on trees in Whistler Olympic Plaza. Several trees on Blackcomb Way had been vandalized, with the tops of the trees sawn off and left in the pavilion at the plaza. Police are trying to determine if the tops of the trees were cut to enhance the vandal's view by checking sightlines near the scene. Damage is estimated at $4,000.
UP TO $20,000 STOLEN FROM STORE
Officers were dispatched to a major theft at a retail business located at the 4500 block of Chateau Boulevard at 10:15 a.m. on April 4, with $15,000 to $20,000 in cash stolen from the company, along with copies of receipts. It was determined not to be a break and enter and police interviewed all members of staff at the business. The investigation is ongoing to see if a suspect can be identified.
CABIN THIEVES ABANDON DOG IN STOLEN VEHICLE NEAR MOUNT CURRIE
A cabin on the In-SCHUCK-ch Forest Service Road was broken into on April 6, with the owner confronting two intruders, who made a hasty getaway. The suspects fled in a stolen vehicle and the owner followed it until the stolen vehicle collided with another vehicle near Mount Currie. The suspects fled on foot into the surrounding fields and forest.
A dog, believed to belong to the suspects, was abandoned in the stolen vehicle. The suspects are a Caucasian man and woman. No arrests have been made, but police believe they know the suspects.
ONGOING DRUGS INVESTIGATION CHARGES
Whistler RCMP announced that an ongoing police investigation into drug trafficking had resulted in multiple charges for five suspects:
Sundance Finlay was charged with assault on Oct. 12, 2012 over an incident on Oct. 4, 2012. Finlay was also charged on March 19, 2013 with four counts of cocaine trafficking stemming from incidents from 2011 to 2013.
Tamara Krzyski was charged with one count of possessing for the purposes of trafficking ketamine following a search warrant on Jan. 12.
Matthew Ross Aleksich was charged on March 19 with one count of trafficking cocaine on Dec. 17, 2012, and one count of possession for the purposes of trafficking cocaine after a search warrant on Dec. 12.
Derek Wayne Rosso was charged with possession for the purposes of trafficking cocaine on Feb. 22 after an incident on Jan. 16.
Jeremy Roy Scott Wellman was charged with possession for the purposes of trafficking cocaine on Jan. 16.