Whistler RCMP publicly issued a statement of disappointment after officers were obstructed by a large crowd while making a routine arrest outside Dusty’s Bar & BBQ on Saturday night (Dec. 8).
More concerning for Sgt. Rob Knapton with Whistler RCMP, was that during the encounter an individual in the aggressive crowd went as far as to try and pull one of the officer's firearms from its holster.
"It is disappointing when something like this happens," Knapton said. "The big thing is to remember this is a resort community where families come to enjoy their vacations.
"We support people going out and having a good time, but at the end of the day you have to respect everybody that is here and those tasked with keeping the community safe."
The incident began at 10 p.m. when RCMP were contacted by the Creekside bar, which was hosting the premier of the snowboarding movie D.O.P.E. 3, when approximately 50 people became aggressive towards staff.
The RCMP press release indicated the bar was at capacity and those outside were not being allowed inside for the event, which led to the disturbance.
Upon officers arriving the crowd outside began to disperse, however one individual was observed damaging a ski rack with skis in it.
Police began to arrest the 23-year-old Pemberton man for mischief, but he resisted their efforts. Knapton said at that time the mob surrounded the officers and verbally encouraged the male to continue resisting. He added people in the crowd attempted to physically assault the officers and pull the male away, which is when somebody tried to grab one of their firearms.
The Pemberton man was successfully separated from the crowd without trouble and faces charges of resisting arrest, causing a disturbance and mischief.
Knapton said charges have not been sought against the individual who tried to take the officer's firearm because of the fact that person was part of a larger crowd there would be difficulty in identifying who exactly they were. He added due to the circumstances officers were facing they determined it was a safer course of action to leave the scene with the person they had in custody.
But the severity of what could have happened had that person succeeded in taking the gun was clear.
"It is something that could turn everything into a dire situation," Knapton said.
Police looking for voyeur
Whistler RCMP are investigating a peculiar series of incidents in a bathroom at the Roundhouse on Whistler Mountain.
Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair said cleaning staff notified RCMP of a suspicious 40-year-old South Asian male, who was seen to be going in and out of the men’s washrooms on multiple occasions and attempting to invade the privacy of others at the urinal.
“It was the opinion of the cleaners that this male was going to the washroom to observe other males while they were going to the washroom,” he said, adding that the man had left by the time officers arrived on scene.
However, LeClair said staff spoke to the man and took his name and ski pass number and provided it to the officers.
“Police are following up on that to determine who this male is,” he said.
B&E at business
A break and enter to a business on the 1300 block of Alpha Lake Road last Monday (Dec. 3) was reported to RCMP the next day.
LeClair said “the business had been operating all day before the items were noticed to be missing.”
He added it is believed the thieves accessed the building through an unlocked side door and a cash box, safe, scale and a pair of shoes, total value $2,000 was stolen.
Charge for no ski pass
A 19-year-old Whistler man is facing a charge of theft under $5,000 after being caught on Blackcomb Mountain by ski patrol without a lift ticket.
LeClair said RCMP were contacted by ski patrol last Thursday (Dec. 6) as a result of the incident. He said the snowboarder was notice skiing too fast in a slow section and when he was stopped, staff noted he didn’t have a pass. However, LeClair said the young man pushed one of the patrollers down and tried to ride away, but crashed and was caught as a result.
Cops called for hotel eviction
Whistler RCMP were called to a Village hotel on Friday (Dec. 7) to help evict seven people from one of the rooms.
LeClair said the night manager informed officers on scene there were seven people in the room refusing to leave. He said police were met with hostility and antagonistic behaviour by the room’s occupants, however four males left soon after they arrived.
Out those who remained there was one female that was passed out while one out of three males attempted to slam a door on one of the cops, resulting in a tussle and the 43-year-old Quebec man receiving a $500 violation ticket for obstruction. The remaining two males left and an ambulance was called to deal with the Whistler woman, who woke up and when they arrived and was taken home by a police officer.
No injuries in rollover
A pregnant woman sustained only minor injuries after her vehicle rolled as a result of icy conditions on Highway 99 on Saturday.
LeClair said officers from Pemberton and Whistler responded to the call for assistance from the ambulance service to the scene, located across from the motor cross track.
The 32-year-old woman, who was four and a half months pregnant, was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident and managed to get herself out of the vehicle. She was taken to the Pemberton clinic and then to the Whistler clinic and released with minor injuries.
LeClair said she was driving 60 km/h in an 80 km/h zone and icy patches on the highway were noticeable at the time. He said she struck the concrete guard raid causing the vehicle to spin out and roll onto the driver’s side.
Fight leads to drug charges
A report of a fight between two males to police has resulted in drug possession charges for two men from Surrey.
LeClair said on Saturday night officers responded to Sunrise Alley for a report of a fight and on arrival noticed two men “ducking” around the side of a building. He said officers followed the pair and observed them in a position consistent with the consumption of narcotics.
He said policed arrested the two 20-year-olds for possession and a search revealed a small baggie of white powder believed to be cocaine.
Whistler RCMP received a report on Friday of a vehicle being stolen from a parking lot on Lake Placid Drive. The red 1997 Volkswagon Jetta with licence plates 981 BXK was taken sometime between Nov. 30 and Dec. 6.