A Canadian couple in British Columbia may be charged with assault because they lured a 28-year-old man who they say was propositioning the woman’s 13-year-old daughter to their home, where they knocked him down and then hog-tied him with zip ties.
The couple lured the man to their Port Alberti, British Columbia, home last Thursday by having the woman pretend to be her daughter and message the man to invite him to her home to have sex with her. The woman said when the man showed up at her door, she knocked him down with a punch; her husband and a male friend then restrained him and tied his hands up.
The couple filmed a Facebook Live video, seen below, as the woman called the man a "predator" and alleged police refused to go to the house for the "meeting." A female voice on the video states, "He came to my house to meet my 13-year-old f*****g daughter to f*** her. We f*****g tackled him and zap-strapped him and called the police. Because earlier today when I asked the police to come here for this meeting, they said no. Why wouldn't the police come and help me catch this predator that just came to my f*****g house?"
Canadian police said they responded to a disturbance that left a man tied up as "a result of vigilante actions." The man was freed of the zip ties, then taken to the hospital by police. He has not been charged.
Meanwhile, the couple was arrested, along with their male friend, and could be charged with assault resulting in bodily harm and forcible confinement, according to CHEK News.
The woman alleged that in February, they found that the 28-year-old man was sending her the 13-year-old girl "explicit messages" via Instagram, which was controlled by the mother’s phone. The mother said she'd been trying to get the police involved since discovering the messages, adding, "They wouldn't even look at my phone. They just said to block him and forget it. I've been waiting for six weeks for the police to give me a name behind the Instagram account." She said she and her husband resorted to the tactics they used because "I just didn't know what else to do. I knew that Friday's coming … and if it is who I thought it was, then he needed to be stopped."
Cpl. Amelia Hayden of the Port Alberni Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the man has been under investigation for child luring since March. She ripped the couple’s vigilante actions, saying, "Police want to stress that at no time should the public take the law into their own hands. These are serious matters and the police are investigating and taking appropriate steps to address the original complaint filed in March. Vigilante actions like these are not only illegal and put people in danger, but they also have the potential to compromise the original ongoing investigation."
Hayden said the mother was instructed not to arrange a meeting with the man, but ignored the warning.
The woman’s husband said, "I'm kind of disgusted by the system myself, in that she went in begging for help yesterday. She's been asking for help from the police for the last six weeks for this and not really anything's happened. I didn't know what to do yesterday, right?" He added, "Shouldn't a guy be able to protect his own family in his house? This is ridiculous, and I felt that was the best way to do it.” The mother concluded, "If I get charged, I still feel it was the right thing."