Surrey Mounties arrested a man on Sunday concerning threats a city councillor received by email earlier this month, the Now-Leader has learned.
“He sent some threats in to me, about nine of them,” Coun. Brenda Locke said Tuesday. “He said that I shouldn’t live, and he talked about rape. It was pretty aggressive.
“You can pretend it doesn’t, but it does bother you,” she said. “It’s all over the map.”
Locke said it was “definitely” related to her work as a councillor. “He sent it here to city hall, to my email here, oh yeah, no, it’s definitely my work as a city councillor.”
“It’s particularly sad because this city doesn’t normally behave this way. I’ve talked to other councillors, they didn’t see this in the past,” she said.
“It’s very upsetting, actually. It’s a divided city and people will take their hostilities and their emotions out in ways that are highly inappropriate and this was definitely highly inappropriate.”
Locke received an update from the investigating constable “pertaining to the threats” made against her on March 4.
“On March 20, we arrested the suspect, and during a custodial statement he admitted to sending the threatening email,” the message reads. “After the custodial statement, we strongly believe that the suspect does not have the means or motivation to harm yourself. The suspect was released from police custody on an Undertaking with conditions not to contact you and not to attend your workplace, which included City Hall.
“The investigation is ongoing, and we are in the process of writing a search warrant for additional evidence.”
Cpl. Vanessa Munn declined to provide further details.
“Charges have not been laid and therefore I am not able to confirm details of the investigation or the identity of any involved parties,” she said Tuesday. “I can confirm that the file number you provided does correspond to an ongoing Surrey RCMP investigation into threats.”
“Yes, a suspect was arrested March 20 concerning a report received March 4, 2022,” Munn added.
Coun. Jack Hundial, himself a target of death threats in 2020 via Facebook Messenger “that basically said to put a bullet in me,” said Tuesday the messages aimed at Locke were “really nasty emails.
“I do feel bad for her because she doesn’t deserve it,” he said.
Locke echoed that.
“Women in politics get treated very aggressively,” she said. “This isn’t the first time I’ve had aggression towards me, that’s for sure. It doesn’t bother me when people are aggressive but this one was over the top, for sure.”