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Crown approves Stanley Cup riot charges against Richmond woman

Rioters ran amok in downtown Vancouver following the Vancouver Canucks Game 7 loss in the Stanley Cup finals. - Seung-Chul Baik photo
Rioters ran amok in downtown Vancouver following the Vancouver Canucks Game 7 loss in the Stanley Cup finals.
— image credit: Seung-Chul Baik photo

The Crown has approved riot-related charges against a young Richmond woman in connection with last June's Stanley Cup riot in Downtown Vancouver.

Sophie Laboissonniere, 20, will be facing charges of breaking and entering and participating in a riot, according to Vancouver Police.

"We are very encouraged by the approval of these 61 charges and we will continue to work closely with the special prosecution team as even more charges are expected in the coming days and weeks," Vancouver police Insp. Les Yeo said.

According to Yeo, each report on each suspected rioter is more than 500 pages in length.

And he said investigators are in the midst of finalizing the next batch of charges to be forwarded to the Crown for charge approval in the coming weeks.

“We are now another step closer to holding suspected rioters accountable for their actions on June 15," he said.

Crown counsel today approved 61 charges against 25 suspected rioters. Nine are from Surrey, two from Burnaby, two from Maple Ridge, eight from Vancouver, one each from Richmond, North Vancouver, Delta and Seattle.

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