Accused con artist caught flat-footed

Following an altercation in an Aldergrove parking lot, Langley RCMP arrested a man they allege committed fraud in relation to a scam

Following an altercation in an Aldergrove parking lot, Langley RCMP arrested a man they allege committed fraud in relation to a scam which had been occurring in Langley over the last couple of weeks.

On Friday, Sept. 26, a Langley man fell victim to the fraud in which he paid someone $300 to buy a flat-screen TV.  At this point the scammer goes ‘inside’ to get the product but never comes back out.

Fast forward to Saturday, when the same victim is out with his adult son near the Otter Co-op and catches sight of the scammer.

His son attempted to stop the suspect so police could be called. The two men pushed and shoved each other before the scammer jumped into a vehicle driven by a female that arrived to retrieve him.

The victim’s son jumped into the rear seat of the vehicle and the driver was yelling at him to get out or she would call the police. Police allege the suspect punched at the victim’s son, who returned the favour to stop the blows and to stop him from fleeing.

A retired RCMP member came upon the situation at this point and witnessed two males trying to restrain the suspect while the female driver screamed in the front seat. He then assisted with the detention of the suspect, who appeared to be the main instigator, until police arrived.

Darrell Anderson, 51, of no fixed address, was remanded in custody on one count of fraud. He will next appear in Surrey Provincial Court on Oct. 2.

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