False Creek North man alleges attack by shelter users

A False Creek North resident says he was swarmed and threatened by agroup of men who use a nearby shelter, hours after Mayor GregorRobertson promised to step up security measures there.

A False Creek North resident says he was swarmed and threatened by a group of men who use a nearby shelter, hours after Mayor Gregor Robertson promised to step up security measures there.

John Roberts, a member of Concerned Citizens of False Creek, said he saw several men smoking crack in the entrance to his condo and asked them to leave.

Roberts said the men then threatened to “punch his teeth out” and “stab him with a needle,” and swarmed him and yelled, “We know where you live, we’re going to get you.”

Joshua Charles Stovin, 22, was arrested and charged with uttering threats, resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance.

Earlier that day, Robertson announced changes to the rules at two shelters under the Granville Street Bridge, including an end to in-and-out privileges at night and banning “problem” shelter users.

But Roberts said those measures aren’t a deterrent. “It’s ridiculous for council to think if they just provide the shelter with a list of banned individuals that these problems are going to go away.

“We want these facilities closed down now.”

 
 
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