On Feb.19, the Whistler RCMP released this sketch of a suspect who is accused of masturbating in public in the Whistler Village Marketplace on Jan. 13 at approximately 5:47 p.m. A woman working in a store observed the male standing outside the window, masturbating and looking in while she was closing up. The witness said she got a clear view of the man's face and a police sketch artist was called in to produce this drawing. The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-to-late 30s, approximately six feet tall, clean shaven with dark eyebrows and a medium build. He was wearing a dark toque, a black zip-up jacket with white lining or a white shirt underneath, and dark pants or jeans. If you have any information, contact the Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Assault suspects banned from Whistler
Two men from Surrey aged 26 and 29 were arrested in Whistler Village just before midnight on Saturday, Feb. 16 after allegedly assaulting at least two individuals and then assaulting an RCMP auxiliary officer during their arrest.
The police received word that the men were causing trouble, and that one of the men punched a male while uttering racial slurs after being turned away from a village nightclub. They were reported to be in the Village Square area trying to initiate fights with people in the area, and while the police were on their way to the area one of the suspects held a man while the other uttered threats and punched him at least twice. The victims of that attack, residents from the Lower Mainland, were not seriously injured, but the men allgedly resisted arrest.
Police believe that someone may have taken video of the alleged assault and are asking the person who shot the video, or anyone who witnessed the event, to share their information with police.
The two men were held overnight and released on the morning with a future court date and several conditions — not to attend Whistler Village, not to contact victims or witnesses and not to possess firearms.
Facebook threats result in arrest
Police take death threats seriously in any forum and on Feb. 15 received a report of a death threat uttered via Facebook to a Whistler resident from someone in the Lower Mainland. The RCMP passed that information along to police in the city, who arrested and held the suspect until he could appear in court.
More cards skimmed in Whistler
The Whistler RCMP is once again asking people to be on the lookout for card skimming devices after three more debit and credit cards were skimmed in the resort.
On Feb. 12 the RCMP received a report a debit card fraud that resulted in roughly $2,000 taken from someone's account; on Feb. 14, the RCMP received a report of a credit card fraud for roughly $10,000; and on Feb. 17, RCMP received a report of a debit card fraud of roughly $500.
Thieves place devices onto automated bank machines that skim card numbers and PINs, or use a combination of skimmers and cameras to get that data, which allows them to make their own card and start withdrawing money. As well, some thieves will swap out point of sale machines at stores after breaking in or distracting clerks, collecting information while processing transactions normally.
Roommate assaulted after noise complaint
At 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 17, the Whistler RCMP was called to a noisy party on the 4300 block of Northlands Boulevard, and when they attended they discovered a large bag of marijuana which was confiscated. The party was broken up and the police left while considering whether to lay charges against the suspected owner of the bag.
At 5:50 a.m. they were called back to the residence after the roommate suspected of owning the bag kicked in the door of another roommate, who had called police earlier, and allegedly assaulted him. The RCMP charged a 29-year-old Whistler resident with assault, later releasing him on a promise to appear in court in April.