Man who threatened to kill Vancouver pizza server arrested 4 times in 2 months

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The man who threatened a worker at a Vancouver pizzeria last month was released from jail after facing another assault charge. He then assaulted someone else a few days later and is charged with another assault this month, Global News has learned.

Juan Serna had been arrested for assault on June 19, about a month before he threatened to stab a Fresh Slice pizza employee who refused to give him an entire pie.

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He was re-arrested on July 19, released without bond, and re-arrested on July 21 for another assault.

Cerna remained in jail until August 17, when he pleaded guilty to possessing a weapon during the June 19 incident, uttering threats during the pizzeria incident and assault during the July 21 incident.

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The June 19 assault charge was stayed, a theft charge in the pizzeria incident was stayed and a weapons charge in the June 21 assault was stayed, court records show.


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He was released again and less than a week later, on August 23, re-arrested on a new assault charge.

“These are the kinds of stories we hear over and over again,” the Vancouver police sergeant said. said Steve Addison.

“A case like this is not unusual for our officers, where we have a person committing a number of crimes over and over again.”

The revelation comes as pressure mounts in British Columbia to find a solution for repeat offenders and repeat offenders amid growing concerns about public safety.

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In May, a group of 13 urban mayors urged the province to act on the issue, citing statistics showing that 200 chronic offenders were responsible for more than 11,600 police files in the province, while in Vancouver, 40 offenders ” super chronicles” have an average of 54 convictions each.


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The group also released statistics showing a 75% increase in assessments without charge by the Crown and a 26% increase in stays of proceedings, as well as a 20% decrease in convictions.

Earlier this month, the outgoing senior Kamloops RCMP officer said police are essentially handcuffed in their treatment of these offenders by federal Criminal Code amendments and recent Supreme Court of Canada precedents regarding the bail.

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Addison said that while police remain focused on public safety, there is little they can do once they turn the suspects over to the justice system other than recommend that they be denied bail.

“What a lot of people don’t understand is that when a person is arrested and they go through the justice system, it’s really not up to us,” he said.

“In this case, where we’ve arrested and re-arrested this person four times this summer alone, we will continue to…recommend people stay in custody when they don’t meet these very simple criteria for release.”


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The British Columbia government said Thursday that a promised report on the issue by health researcher and criminologist Amanda Butler and former deputy Vancouver police chief Doug LePard would be delayed until mid-September in because of “the extensive public commentary and the complexity of the various issues underlying crime. »

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Acting Attorney General Murray Rankin told Global News he is aware of concerns about the issue and raised it with the mayors of Kelowna and Victoria on Thursday.

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“We recognize this is a serious problem, we recognize that action needs to be taken. it’s not passing the buck to say that part of this has to do with the courts, part of it has to do with the changes to the Criminal Code that the federal government has made recently, these things are part of the puzzle, ”a- he declared.

“The community will not tolerate this as an ongoing phenomenon, we need to address this and we understand that it will take significant root and branch work to achieve this.”


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However, Rankin said he would have to wait and see what the report says before the province can move forward with plans.

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In the meantime, Addison said the VPD will continue to respond to calls and make recommendations to the courts.

But he said whatever solution is offered, it will have to tackle issues such as poverty, addiction, homelessness, mental illness and anti-social tendencies.

“There’s no single solution that’s likely going to fix it,” he said.

“Obviously, we’re not going to be able to stop to get out of this problem.”

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