Three days after a 24-year-old man was stabbed to death in Richmond, a suspect has been arrested in large part thanks to tips from the public, RCMP said yesterday.
Umut Ari, 24, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Charle Dalde, 24, who was killed Monday.
RCMP Cpl. Dale Carr said several members of the community came forward and helped police in identifying the subject.
“This would have been a long-term investigation without (them),” he said.
Carr said police don’t believe the suspect and victim knew each other, and that Dalde wasn’t known to police.
“This was a brutal, unprovoked attack (on someone) who was just on his way home from his girlfriend’s home,” he said. “(Dalde) was by all accounts minding his own business.”
The investigation has drawn criticism from the Filipino community, with some members accusing police of racism and insensitivity for treating the Dalde family like suspects and not allowing them to see Charle’s body.
Carr said senior RCMP management will review their complaints.
The Dalde family was invited to talk to the media at yesterday’s press conference but did not appear.