British Columbia

Alleged gang member with loaded gun arrested in Metrotown parking lot in Burnaby

Luis Manual Baez, 23, is facing multiple charges and remains in custody.

Man pulled handgun out of his waistband during a struggle with transit police

Metrotown mall in Burnaby where police arrested a suspected gang member Tuesday. (CBC)

A suspected gang member is under arrest after fighting with transit police and attempting to throw away a loaded handgun in the underground Metrotown parking lot in Burnaby on Tuesday.

Metro Vancouver Transit Police say they approached Luis Manual Baez, 23, for smoking marijuana in contravention of the Cannabis Control Act, but as they were talking to him he bolted to a nearby car and tried to drive away.

Officers pulled him out of the car and a struggle ensued. During the struggle officers say Baez pulled a semi-automatic .45-calibre gun out of his waistband and threw it under a car.

The Surrey man is charged with one count of obstruction and multiple firearms offences.

Police say he is known to them and remains in custody.

"We are happy to have taken another firearm off the streets and out of the hands of an alleged gang member," said Metro Vancouver Transit Police spokesman Clint Hampton.

The arrest was not a coordinated effort involving other police agencies investigating the escalating gang conflict in the region, according to Hampton.

He said it is common for transit police to patrol malls and parking lots around transit lines.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?

now