Campbell River RCMP are investigating after being made aware of a “creep catcher” type video shot earlier this week.
It was taken by a Toronto man who drove across the country to confront an alleged child predator.
Justin Payne posed as a 14 year old teen to “lure” the man.
“I’m about one hour from Campbell River, British Columbia.
I took the ferry across.
Not really too sure how I’m feeling.”
From the start of his cross-Canada drive, Justin Payne continually updated social media.
He’s on route to Campbell River to confront an alleged child predator.
“It’s a year in the making.
I honestly never thought I would be travelling this kind of a distance just to do a confrontation”
“Do you want to explain why?
“He’s legal age.”
“14 years old is legal age.
Payne recorded this encounter with the man in Campbell River, and posted it online where it’s been viewed 200,000 times.
The man’s face is obscured because he is not charged with any crime.
“You realize this is going to go all over the Internet?”
Defense lawyer Mike Mulligan watches the video unfold.
He says creep catchers are putting themselves at risk, personally and criminally.
“If you have reason to believe that a person committed a criminal offense, the appropriate thing would be to report it to the police.
Not yourself take possession of unlawful material, or certainly trying to confront people physically.”
“Everyone is going to know your face.”
The confrontation escalates when Payne jumps on the man’s moving car.
“Just for a second, I want to talk with you.
“This is illegal.”
“I drove six thousand kilometres.
This sort of confrontation is not new.
“How are you?
Surrey Mountie Dario Devic is caught in a creep-catcher sting last month.
Now charged with child luring, Devic will appear in Surrey Provincial court November second.
Friends and family of Edmonton resident Katelynn McKnight say she took her own life earlier this year after a confrontation with Creep Catchers.
Meanwhile, Payne says he doesn’t regret the Campbell River confrontation.
“There is just so much emotion there of the things I had to listen to.
And for me there was no way he was leaving without a few minutes conversation at least.”
Campbell River RCMP say they are investigating this incident.