BRITISH COLUMBIA

Suspected US Stanley Cup Rioters Found By Vancouver Police

09/01/2012 05:22 EDT | Updated 11/01/2012 05:12 EDT
AP
A police car burns during a riot in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia Wednesday, June 15, 2011 following the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins in game 7 of the Stanley Cup hockey final. Angry, drunken revelers ran wild Wednesday night after the Vancouver Canucks' 4-0 loss to Boston in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, setting cars and garbage cans ablaze, smashing windows, showering giant TV screens with beer bottles and dancing atop overturned vehicles. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)
VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Police Department has tracked down three people in the U.S. suspected of taking part in the June 2011 Stanley Cup riot.

The suspects are in Washington, Alaska and one is believed to be in Illinois. A Canada-wide warrant for participation in a riot and other charges has been issued for their arrests, said Vancouver Police Constable Brian Montague.

"All three are aware that there is warrant out for them right now," said Montague, who added the suspects were told of the warrant by their local police and know they will be arrested if they try to enter Canada.

Two of the suspects are Americans, but one is a Canadian citizen from Vancouver believed to be studying in the U.S.

An application to U.S. authorities for extradition is being considered, but has not officially been filed, said Montague.

"That's something that crown counsel has to make the decision on, they have certain criteria regarding extradition," he said.

A handful of people have been sentenced for their role in the riot that erupted after the Vancouver Canucks lost game seven of the Stanley Cup final to the Boston Bruins on June 15, 2011.

The Crown has laid more than 300 charges against 100 people since the riot.

But, authorities predict they will have laid more than 700 charges against upwards of 225 people by the time they are finished with the case.