Indo-Canadian Realtor Charged With Child Luring After Violent Surrey Creep Catchers Sting
Burnaby realtor Kuljinder Singh Bhatti, also known as Kelly Bhatti, is facing charges after a violent Surrey Creep Catchers sting where the founder of vigilante group violently attacked Bhatti. This is the second arrest linked to stings by the controversial vigilante group. Surrey Creep Catchers president Ryan Laforge was also arrested after he violently attacked Bhatti. Laforge, who has been in trouble with the law in the past, was released from custody hours later on a promise to appear, and no charges have been posted on B.C.’s online court service.
SURREY – An Indo-Canadian man from Burnaby is facing charges after allegedly trying to lure a minor for a sexual purpose following a sting by the controversial Surrey Creep Catchers group.
Charged is 35-year-old Kuljinder Singh Bhatti, also known as Kelly Bhatti, a realtor working at Sutton Centre Realty on Boundary Road firm. The office manager told CTV that he accepted Bhatti’s resignation last Wednesday.
Links to Bhatti’s real estate website were no longer functional, but could be accessed by internet archives. Attempts to contact Bhatti using numbers listed online, was unsuccessful as his cellphone was turned off on Saturday.
Bhatti was arrested by Surrey RCMP on Thursday, and is alleged to have made an arrangement with a person to commit a sexual offence involving someone under the age of 18.
None of the allegations have been proven in court, and a trial date has yet to be set.
Surrey Creep Catchers president Ryan Laforge was also arrested after he violently attacked Bhatti.
Laforge, who has been in trouble with the law in the past, was released from custody hours later on a promise to appear, and no charges have been posted on B.C.’s online court service.
Vancouver lawyer Greg DelBigio has been appointed special prosecutor related to allegations against Bhatti, which allegedly occurred between March 24 and April 3.
DelBigio approved a single charge of arranging by telecommunications to commit a sexual offence against Bhatti on April 7.
Bhatti is expected to appear in Surrey provincial court on May 4 after being charged last week.
Assistant Deputy Attorney General Peter Juk appointed Delbigio after the Criminal Justice Branch was advised the Surrey RCMP “had commenced an investigation into allegations of possible offences committed by an employee of the Criminal Justice Branch,” CJB spokesman Dan McLaughlin said.
Mounties have provided few details in the case, but said he was arrested following an investigation that began when police received a complaint on Monday, April 3. They said Bhatti was not previously known to Surrey Mounties.
Mounties said there are allegations that the accused was assaulted by a civilian, but that the claims are still under investigation. The Bhatti investigation is being handled by the force’s special victims unit, while its general investigations unit is looking into the assault allegations.
While the RCMP is tight-lipped about the case, sources associated with Sutton Centre Realty said they recognized Bhatti as the man in the Creep Catchers video.
Anyone with more information on the case is asked to contact RCMP at 604-599-0502, or to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).