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Important comment from a family member of an assault victim in Penticton, BC: All names redacted from the original:
Any thing that helps change this ridiculous law both in Canada and the States. Time and again the powers that be tell us that the first 24 hours in an abduction are critical to the safe return of the victim and yet for that exact time period families are expected to sit on their hands and do nothing.
It is a small world. X’s father and I come from a large family (8), We are spread over 3 provinces and 2 states and yet our 21 children keep in touch constantly on face book through out the year. This girl is a young but devoted mother, who works hard to provide for her child. She has the support of X’s grandparents so that she can work. She is not someone who would go missing on a whim. My sister in law started searching for her at 3 pm. When she failed to drop off the baby and didn’t report to work. Sunday, 12 hours later the family found her with little help from the police.
I know that there are protocols to be followed, as so there should be, I am only suggesting that the time period is far to long. I agree an amber alert should have been posted as the baby was involved but he was with his mother and I suppose that made it technically alright. It is a sad situation on many levels. The upside is that X comes from a family of strong women she is surrounded by family and friends who love her very much and one way or another she and the baby will get the help needed to go on.
From an involved family member. Name redacted by the editorial board. We thank you X for the input. Something does need to change! The story is below. Please note that this man could be anywhere in Canada by now. Again, something that may have been avoided had the RCMP deviated from an entrenched rule. Which is intended only as a cost-saving measure. Sometimes that’s just not an excuse!
A woman reaches out for repeal of an anachronistic rule
By Terrance Gavan – Editor-in-Chief
Haliburton News.ca received an interesting comment yesterday – from the aunt of the 22 year old assault and rape victim – after we posted an article about the nation wide arrest warrant out for a sadistic perpetrator of a very nasty attack in Penticton, B.C. last weekend.
The man – who allegedly attacked a young 22 year old woman and her 22 month old son while she was looking for a crib in second hand stores – is the owner of a Penticton Pawn Shop.
The RCMP have issued a full scale alert and a Canada-wide arrest warrant has been issued for David Wesley Bobbitt.
Bobbitt is described as white, about five feet seven inches tall and weighing around 180 pounds. He is clean shaven with brown eyes and brown hair that is balding.
As of Sunday, the victim was in hospital with serious injuries and is on the mend physically.
HaliburtonNews.ca received a comment from the aunt of the victim yesterday.
The victim in this assault is my young niece who stopped at a second hand store to purchase a bed for her son who has out grown his crib. She was beaten badly with a hammer and raped repeatedly all the while begging this animal to not hurt her baby.
Time and again she tried to persuade him to just open the door and let the baby go.
His response: “enjoy tonight you aren’t going to see the morning.”
My only hope is that someone other than my brother or nephew find him first.
So they don’t spend the rest of their lives in jail for killing this scum.
Encourage your listeners to get the 24 hour waiting period before police will get involved changed. Had my nephew not kicked in the front door of the business after finding his sisters car, she and the baby would now assuredly be dead! (Name withheld)
The facts about the heroic family search was documented in a CBC News televised report on Monday morning.
The family was so concerned about the woman and child that they organized their own search party.
They alerted the RCMP when the woman’s abandoned car was spotted in the district.
The two men – and others – went on unassisted and without RCMP backup. And they made calls at all of the second hand stores in the area.
Bobbitt’s store was locked – an anomaly. The RCMP have credited the family of the young girl with providing the major lead in this story. The two men kicked in the door of the pawn shop. The RCMP later discovered the back door ajar. Undoubtedly that’s where Bobbitt exited the scene.
The men in question – family members – most assuredly did save the life of the young woman and yes, probably the child. Even though, thank god, the child was apparently not assaulted.
The commenter – who says she is the aunt of the victim – brings up a legitimate and disturbing point.
Why is the 24 hour rule so sacrosanct? Across Canada in most jurisdictions the rule is generally held as the buttressed standard.
If this case says anything? It speaks to reassessment of an anachronistic norm. There should be leeway. This is not the first time in Canada’s recent history that the 24 hour rule has impeded investigation of an abduction. Most experts agree that in most abduction cases the first five hour period is crucial – absolutely critical – to the outcome of the subsequent investigation.
So let’s heed the words – and the actions – of one family, who quite literally took the law into their own hands. Who moved through the bullshit detritus of an inertial system and took to the streets. And yes, the aunt is right. What if those two men had found the perp in the act? God help Mr. Bobbitt.
The rule must change. Or at the very least the locktite interpretation must be subject to an empathetic perusal of the cogent circumstances. Screw your trip to Tim Horton’s officer. Grab a pad and pencil and listen! This is not rocket science. It’s down, dirty and yes, dumb police work 101.
The police are certainly bright enough to sift the clues and decide to forego the 24 hour rule. Shit. Everything pointed to an abduction here. The woman never missed work. Never missed appointments. Thankfully she was so organized that she told her family her itinerary. Take that as a reminder peeps and do the same when venturing out.
And now the more important point in this screed.
The RCMP dropped the ball. Apologies for the euphemism. I revert to the hackneyed when I’m pissed!
To wit: we had a missing woman and her 22 month old child. A worried family. A vigilante posse scrambled in downtown Penticton.
While the RCMP was sitting on its hands.
Where in the name of god was the amber alert?
A child missing with some compelling evidence of anomalous activity?
A 22 month old child?
The amber alert should have been lit immediately.
The RCMP has some questions to answer in this case.
I took a look at the amber alert rules and regs put forth by the province of BC.
- highway message boards,
- radio and television announcements, and
- text messages
to immediately broadcast descriptions of the abducted victims, their abductors, and suspect vehicles. With thousands of eyes now watching, it is hoped that this early warning system will not only coerce a kidnapper into releasing the child for fear of being arrested but also deter the person from committing the crime in the first place. Stranger abductions are rare in British Columbia.
AMBER Alert is a province-wide, innovative partnership that involves:
- law enforcement agencies in BC
- BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
- BC Association of Broadcasters,
- Canada’s wireless telecommunications industry,
- Child Find BC, and
- an ever expanding list of external partners.
“Amber Alert is intended only for the most serious, time-critical child abduction cases,” says the childfind website. “It is not intended for cases involving parental abductions, except in life-threatening situations. AMBER Alert can be used in any abduction that meets the criteria regardless of what relation the abductor has with the victim.”
And here’s the thing.
When a family comes to you with appropriate evidence that this missing person disappearance is entirely unprecedented?
Find me a police officer on the desk who is willing to listen to the facts.
Please god have an RCMP officer on duty with the compassionate ability to listen and empathize.
That’s all we require.
And a change in the law that requires – in extremely compelling cases – a lifting of the 24 hour rule. And damn the costing. Screw the beancounters. We know this is a manpower issue and we are only advocating a lookie-see here knuckleheads. Common sense. Due diligence for chrissakes!
Common sense is a big part of police work.
When a child is missing?
Under very suspicious circumstances?
Geezuz light up that amber alert.
For god’s sake.
Barry Devolin! MP for Brock-LaLaLand-Kawarthas! You there good sir.
Care to introduce a private member’s bill?
I have posted notes to Laurie Scott and Rick Johnson on Facebook. Maybe our readers can do the same.
PS. Barry’s currently not talkin’ to me. Long story. So can someone else bring this up? With our MP? I am told that time wounds all heels (sic) so I think there is hope that Barry and I can rekindle what was once a refreshing agree to disagree mutual admiration society. Can I get an amen Mr. Devolin?
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