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Sharp-eyed Police Officer Nabs Suspects on First Shift

Sometimes work gets the better of us, and other times we get the better of work. And for Richmond RCMP Constable Max Levshuk, his first day at work saw his attention to detail help apprehend two robbery suspects.

Richmond RCMP officers responded to three robbery related incidents that occurred on February 27, 2016 and in each there were similarities. In each incident was a young Caucasian male and a white SUV used for the getaway. Over the course of the day the suspects had targeted lone females and took or attempted to take their purse. In one incident the victim was dragged during the encounter and required hospitalization for non-life threatening injuries.

“One of Richmond’s newest patrol officers, Constable Max Levshuk was tack sharp and spotted the suspect vehicle near Trites Rd and No. 2 Rd. It was his first ever shift and he relied on some unconventional technology – an ordinary pen and the back of his hand as the paper,” says Corporal Dennis Hwang.

“Constable Levshuk had written the description of the vehicle and licence plate on the back of his hand to help him identify the vehicle in the event that it was discovered during his shift. He was teamed with veteran Constable Calvin Leung who is playing a big role in mentoring pro-active policing habits and getting to know the community we serve.”

“The pairing was pretty successful.” Was it ever. Shortly before 5:30 pm, the white SUV was spotted near Trites Rd and No. 2 Rd. The vehicle was then surrounded and Constables Levshuk and Leung tactically approached the vehicle. One of the suspects fully complied with officers and was arrested without further incident. The second suspect disobeyed the directions of officers and attempted to flee the scene. A short foot chase ensued but quickly culminated in the arrest of the second suspect in the 12000 block of Trites Road. Constable Leung sustained non-life threatening injuries including a fractured finger as a result of apprehending the fleeing suspect.

“We are still investigating these 3 cases, but this is a good example of knowing the area, knowing where to look, and mentoring the next generation of Richmond RCMP officers.”

“We wish to take this opportunity to remind those who are walking alone to please be mindful of their surroundings whenever possible.”

Colton Buschau-Williams, 19, of Nanaimo has been charged with 3 counts of Robbery Sec. 344 (1)(b) CCC and 2 counts of Possess Stolen Property Sec. 355 CCC.

Kyle Stalker, 26, of Richmond has been charged with 1 count of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Sec. 354(1)(a) CCC and 1 count of Wilfully Resisting or Obstructing a Peace Officer Sec. 129(a) CCC.