A lengthy foot chase of a wanted teenager was brought to a halt when some bystanders helped out a Langley RCMP officer Saturday afternoon.
The game was afoot when an officer spotted a 16-year-old Surrey resident, known to be wanted on an outstanding warrant, at the Greyhound Bus Depot at about 3 p.m., said Cpl. Holly Marks.
The officer turned around to approach the teen, who bolted.
The young man ran through the Logan Avenue bus loop, and tried to hide briefly on a bus.
Another officer spotted the teen, and he fled again, this time through the Value Village parking lot, across 56th Avenue and down Salt Lane, and onto Fraser Highway.
An officer tackled the suspect, and a wrestling match ensued, Marks said.
Several bystanders then came to the officer’s aid, with at least two of them helping to hold the teen’s hands so the officer could put on the cuffs.
Backup officers arrived and the young man was arrested.
However, the Good Samaritans who had helped left before the officer could thank them, or even get their names, said Marks.
Insp. Amrik Virk, operations officer for the Langley RCMP, offered his thanks to the anonymous individuals.
“The two individuals in this instance provided much needed assistance and quietly went their own way,” Virk said. “On behalf of Langley Detachment, myself and the arresting officer, I would like to publicly thank them for their help in dealing with this aggressive fighting suspect.”
Charges against the young man are being considered.