A hockey game gets rowdy, and other Kitimat police files this week

A selection of police files from between January 20 to January 27 in Kitimat.



January 20

At around 9:30 p.m., a complaint of an assault was phoned in by the alleged victim. Police arrived but the complainant had left, and determined the caller may have been the alleged instigator of the assault. Police spoke to other adult at the home, who was sober, and was told the situation started when the other person was allegedly intoxicated and being loud, and that lead to an alleged confrontation. However the person stated that no actual assault had taken place, just an argument.

A woman in the hospital concerned with her husband’s well-being called police to check in on their home after the husband did not visit her in the hospital or pick up his phone, which was uncharacteristic. The husband had known prior health issues. Police entered their home with the woman’s permission and found the husband on the floor. He was transported to Kitimat General Hospital. His illness is said to be the result of the effect of several health issues.

January 21

A tip through Crime Stoppers in Port Coquitlam forwarded to the Kitimat RCMP pointed to a possible sighting of Kevin Vermette, the suspect in a triple-murder in Kitimat in 1997. RCMP in the Port Coquitlam area checked the business where he was possibly seen, but no one recognized Vermette and there was no video surveillance at the business either. The information has been deem unsubstantiated.

Police investigating an alarm at around 11:40 a.m. were told by a neighbour that the alarm was likely set off by the homeowner’s son who had just left. There was no sign of anything amiss at the property and no further reports from the property so the file was concluded.

January 22

Police tracked down the owner of some neglected bags of garbage in the Nechako area after a caller reported the trash to police. The person said she had missed garbage day and left her garbage outside when it disappeared one afternoon. The person said she would get the garbage cleaned up that evening.

January 23

An apologetic driver was contacted by the Kitimat RCMP after the driver of a truck with a 53′ trailer reported being cut off at 3rd Avenue. The driver said if he had been carrying a full load he may not have been able to stop. The licence plate was recorded and police called the registered owner, who told police he realized he had made a mistake, and was very apologetic. The truck driver was satisfied with the outcome.

A caller reported seeing two youths attempting to light a tree on fire, or at least playing with fire, near Nechako Centre. RCMP patrolled the area but were unable to locate any suspects.

January 24

An alarm at a business near City Centre went off drawing in police who found a set of doors were unlocked. The attending officer made sure the building was secure then phoned a property representative who attended and confirmed the building seemed in order.

The police investigated a report of a pick-up truck nearly hitting a pedestrian just after 7 p.m. The caller said the vehicle had allegedly run a red light at the intersection near Tim Hortons. Police were unable to find either the suspect vehicle or the pedestrian after patrols.

January 25

Police had some issues at a hockey game at the Kitimat Ice Rink, starting with two irate males who had no-contact conditions. Staff reported an intoxicated male causing issues at the game, and police spoke with both parties on that matter. Later, police had to remove two minors from the beer gardens, as well as two other intoxicated males who had been over served. Officers spoke to the staff who were serving alcohol about those matters. Police believe a late start to to the game due to a late arrival of the opposing team may have been the reason for more calls that night.

January 26

Police had to stop by all of Kitimat’s pubs when a caller alleged a fight was breaking out at “a pub” but didn’t specify before hanging up. Officers eventually found a person at the Ol’ Keg Pub with a bloody eyelid. The victim suggested he knew who his alleged attackers were however he would not name them. He was eventually transported to the hospital for treatment to his wounds. File concluded as there were no witnesses and the victim was not cooperative.

Police pulled over a vehicle on Haisla Boulevard just before 4 a.m. after some suspicious behaviour, and the driver immediately admitted to the officer that he had been drinking too much that night to be driving. Roadside tests confirmed his intoxication and the vehicle was impounded for 30 days and the driver was served with an immediate roadside prohibition for 90 days.

If you have any information about these or any other crimes please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or contact the Kitimat RCMP at 250-632-7111. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display and calls are not traced or recorded. If your information leads to an arrest or charge you may be eligible for a cash reward.