A chance encounter with a man suspected of pulling a TV scam on numerous Langley victims caused one victim to confront the suspect near Otter Co-op on Saturday. With the assistance of his son and a retired police officer

Confrontation over TV scam attracts attention, leads to arrest

Suspected TV scammer spotted by victim on Saturday near Otter Co-op, and eventually arrested.

A fight broke out, and quite the chaos ensued, after a Langley man spotted the person who scammed him out of $300 the day before.

On Friday (Sept. 26), a Langley man fell victim to a scam where he paid another man $300 for a supposed high-end TV. The scammer’s approach was to go inside an apartment to get the product, but then never come back out, said police.

Langley RCMP had issued a warning about the scam last week. The TV scam had hit several victims over the past few weeks.

Fast forward to the next day, on Saturday.

The victim of Friday’s scam was out with his adult son near the Otter Co-op and caught sight of the scammer, said Langley RCMP Cpl. Holly Marks.

The victim’s son attempted to stop the suspect so police could be called.

But the two men pushed and shoved each other before the scammer jumped into a vehicle driven by a woman, which had 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, confirmed Marks.

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 officer came upon the situation and witnessed the two men trying to restrain the suspect, while the female driver was screaming from the front seat. He then assisted with holding the suspect until police arrived.

Darrell Anderson, 51, of no fixed address has been remanded in custody on one count of fraud. He next appears in court  in Surrey Oct. 2. over TV scam

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