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Vancouver police identify three more suspects in notorious Breakout Festival riot

Police have released photos of 15 more suspects.
Vancouver police have identified three more suspects after releasing photos of 15 additional suspects in the Breakout Festival riot that happened on Sept. 18, 2022.

Vancouver police have identified three more suspects in the notorious Breakout Festival riot at the PNE.

The riot on Sept. 18 caused upwards of $300,000 in damages when hundreds of fans resorted to violence and vandalism after they were told the festival's headliner, rapper Lil Baby, was deemed too ill to perform.  

The Vancouver Police Department (VPD)  released photos of their 'top 10' most wanted suspects on Nov. 1, over a month after the event.  The following week they announced seven of the 10 had been identified.

VPD released photos of 15 more suspects Thursday (Nov. 24), in addition to the first 'top 10' most wanted.

Police announced Friday afternoon that three more suspects have been identified, including two from the first 10 suspects. One suspect from the original 'top 10' remains unidentified. 

"With tips from the public, we’ve already identified several people who participated in dangerous and destructive behavior during the Breakout Festival riot,” says Const. Tania Visintin a press release. “Now, we’re again asking everyone to look hard at these newly released pictures to help us hold these additional suspects accountable.”

The VPD has launched a website dedicated to the Breakout Festival riot. It includes multiple photos of each of the now 18 suspects they're trying to identify, along with places to submit tips on the suspects' identities and a portal for submitting video from the riot.

Punishment for the charges will depend on the individual's criminal history and the VPD hasn't recommended charges for anyone in relation to the riot yet. 

The VPD also has a tip line at 604-717-4021 for any information about this incident.

With flies from Elana Shepert and Brendan Kergin.