Forcible confinement incident leads to two arrests

ON Wednesday, December 7 just before noon, the Delta Police Department was dispatched to the area of Highway 17 and Ladner Trunk Road for a report of a distraught person.

Upon arrival, officers learned that a 21-year-old woman had been assaulted, robbed of her money, and forcibly confined in a U-Haul van. She had escaped from the vehicle near Highway 17 and Ladner Trunk Road.

Officers also learned that another woman was forcibly confined in the van. It was determined early in the investigation that all of the occupants knew each other.

Delta Police took immediate action to locate the other remaining victim who was in the U-Haul van who was allegedly being forcibly confined by a male and female suspect. This included notifying other police agencies in surrounding jurisdictions.

The investigation resulted in the Langley RCMP locating the van in the Aldergrove area and arresting two occupants. The second victim was located unharmed.

The investigation is ongoing. A report to Crown Counsel has been submitted recommending several charges, including forcible confinement and assault. The two suspects arrested have not yet made a court appearance. They remain in custody, awaiting their first appearance.

The identities of the suspects will not be released until charges have been approved by the Crown, Delta Police said.