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Infamous Vancouver rioter arrested for his role in destruction

Jun 18, 2011, 4:39 AM EST

A Canucks fan holds a hockey stick after smashing the windows of a bank as he reacts to the Canucks losing the NHL Stanley Cup to the Bruins in Vancouver

With the 2011 Stanley Cup Final riots behind us, we’re seeing the fallout starting to filter through media outlets. We’ve seen plenty of pictures of good-willed Vancouverites taking back their city with messages of goodwill (to both business owners and law enforcement). We’ve learned the identity and story behind a soon-to-be iconic photograph of peace amongst violence. On the other end of the spectrum, law enforcement has found the man child behind one of the most disheartening photographs to come out of the embarrassing event.

Plenty of pictures have made the rounds over the last few days. There’s the aforementioned picture of the couple kissing in the middle of the street between a mob and riot police. There’s the photo of the Vancouver skyline with separate fires billowing from the streets below. But nothing captured the sheer ignorance and stupidity of the rioters more than the kid in a Christian Ehrhoff shersey holding a hockey stick and celebrating after destroying the windows to a Bank of Montreal branch. It was exactly the type of individual that embarrassed Vancouver residents and disgusted outsiders tuning into the night’s festivities.

Thanks to the wonders of social media and peer pressure, the individual was arrested—in front of his classmates no less. Here’s the story as told by Deadspin:

“…and today the publicity caught up with this high school student who took part in smashing the windows at the Bank of Montreal branch at Homer and Georgia. We don’t have to name him, since it’s all over the internet. And scuttlebutt from classmates says he was arrested at school yesterday, on the last day of classes.”

It’s good to hear that the citizens of Vancouver are taking a hold of their city by identifying and reporting as many of these thugs as possible.  Who says social media can’t be productive?

  1. psykotj - Jun 18, 2011 at 8:22 AM

    Anyone who participates in terrorism like this fool needs to go to jail for a long long time.

    • Grrrreg - Jun 18, 2011 at 8:55 AM

      terrorism?? wow. You might want to look for a definition of terrorism somewhere. As stupid the riots were, this had nothing to do with terrorism.

  2. nolanorth - Jun 18, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Grrrrrg way to make yourself look dumb all on your own!!

  3. trbowman - Jun 18, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    How’s it feel now idiot? On your last day of school. Enjoy the summer in prison.

  4. atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 18, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    I think the shocking thing is just how young and how middle class the rioters were, despite the fact the VPD chief is blaming anarchists.

    In addition to this kid in the picture you posted, there was a picture of some young looking jackass who stuffed a rag in a police car gas tank and was trying to light it…turns out the firebug is a 17 year old, he was a member of the Canadian junior national water polo team (he was since suspended from the team for his actions) in the fall he was going to the University of Calgary on a scholarship, oh and his dad is a prominent Vancouver surgeon.

    There are also multiple stories of kids being turned in by their high schools after they were identified in riot pictures.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 18, 2011 at 10:57 PM

      Here’s a link to the story and the picture of the kid.

      http://www.calgaryherald.com/Teen+water+polo+star+apologizes+dumb+role+riots/4970640/story.html

  5. tommytd - Jun 19, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Given the history of this city, maybe the authorities will want to think twice about inviting 100,000 people downtown to witness an event.

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