Riot charges may take years: VPD

Prosecution of first 40 suspects could start by Halloween

At least 40 Stanley Cup rioters could appear before a judge by Oct. 31 but Vancouver Police officials warn it could take up to two years for charges to be laid against all the suspects facing prosecution.

The VPD predicts 500 to 700 people will ultimately be charged in connection with the June 15 Game 7 riot.

“We will be announcing many, many more charges,” Insp. Les Yeo said.

Police are requesting public help in identifying dozens of photos of riot suspects at www.riot2011.vpd.ca.

Sixty investigators are working on the case, sifting through 5,000 hours of video footage, along with many photos and tips.

So far 79 suspects have turned themselves in.

Twenty of them are from Surrey, 17 are from Vancouver, eight are from Burnaby, six are from Maple Ridge and four are from North Vancouver.