Vancouver investigators have released photos of 10 “most wanted” suspects from this summer’s riot at the Breakout Festival that resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages to the PNE Amphitheatre.
Dozens of concert-goers became enraged on the evening of Sept. 18 after the day’s headline act Lil Baby cancelled last minute. Vandals caused more than $300,000 damage to the PNE, destroying food kiosks, overturning tables, climbing light fixtures, and sparking fights throughout the festival grounds and surrounding neighbourhoods.
“We promised to do everything we could to identify the people responsible for destroying property and putting other concert-goers in danger, and for the past six weeks we’ve poured through video and tips to identify our 10 most wanted,” Insp. Dale Weidman said in a statement.
“Now, we’re asking for your help to identify these suspects so we can continue to hold them accountable.”
The list of most-wanted suspects are based on social media footage, tips and other evidence collected by investigators.
NEW — VPD releasing list of top 10 wanted people from PNE Breakout Fest riot last month that occurred after Lil Baby cancelled last minute. Inspector Dale Weidman says over $300,000 in damage caused. #bcpoli @BlackPressMedia pic.twitter.com/kUmRIKWdf7
— Jane Skrypnek (@janeskrypnek) November 1, 2022
Photos of additional suspects are expected to be released as the investigation continues.
“Every single one of these photos could represent a classmate, a friend, neighbour, or a family member,” Weidman said.
“If you’re one of the people in these photos, or you’re worried that embarrassing pictures of you could be released in the future, it’s not too late to come forward.”
Individual photos of the top 10 suspects can be found at vpd.ca/top-10.