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North Van RCMP seeking good Samaritan who helped nab suspect

Someone probably had quite the story to tell at home that night. North Vancouver RCMP are trying to find their mystery deputy.
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North Vancouver RCMP are asking for help identifying a good Samaritan who helped them arrest a fraud suspect March 1.

North Vancouver RCMP are trying to track down a good Samaritan who helped them collar a fraud suspect following a foot chase last week.

The incident happened on Wednesday, March 1, when four individuals attempted to buy a vehicle from a Marine Drive car dealership using another person’s ID, according to Const. Mansoor Sahak, North Vancouver RCMP spokesman.

Police were alerted to the fraud in progress and arranged to arrest the suspects when they came to pick up the vehicle later that afternoon. They took three of them into custody without incident, but the fourth fled on foot.

One of the Mounties gave chase but lost sight of the suspect.

“A good Samaritan was driving by and told the officer, ‘Hey, I think I know where the suspect is hiding,’” Sahak said.

The driver then volunteered to drive the pursuing officer right to the suspect, a short distance away.

“His actions directly led to the arrest of the suspect who might have escaped otherwise. Obviously, we extend our sincere appreciation to this person for their actions,” Sahak said.

But, investigators don’t know who their civilian deputy was, and that person’s statement could help in the investigation, Sahak said. The RCMP are now hoping the good Samaritan will reach out.

“Our main objective is for that person to come forward,” he said. “This person knows who they are.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact North Vancouver RCMP at 604-985-1311 and quote file No. 23-4003.