Stanley Cup rioter arrested, also wanted by police for another hockey-related incident


Riot police walk in the street as a couple kiss on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. Vancouver broke out in riots after their hockey team the Vancouver Canucks lost in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals. This "kissing couple" photo has since gone viral on the internet.


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Police arrested Andrew Comber, 38, on Saturday at his home in Salmon Arm, BC, in connection with last year's Stanley Cup riots in Vancouver.

Comber has been charged with participating in a riot, mischief and arson, reported The Canadian Press. Police allege he set a stuffed bear on fire and threw it on top of an overturned truck. They also say Comber was "very active and noticeable" during the riots, painting himself green and even taunting police.

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Vancouver's Integrated Riot Investigation Team Inspector Les Yeo said the unit is now trying to identify suspects not living in the Greater Vancouver area, according to The Province.

"This is the second time in as many days that suspected rioters have been arrested in their homes outside the Lower Mainland," said Yeo. "With the help and support of partner police agencies, rioters won't be able to escape justice by hiding in their communities."

Comber is also wanted in Alberta for many charges stemming from a 2004 incident after a Calgary Flames hockey game, reported The Globe and Mail. According to police, those charges include assaulting a peace officer, mischief and theft under $5,000.

Not everyone who participated in the Vancouver riots set fires and taunted police. One couple became famous during the Stanley Cup aftermath when a photo of the two laying on the street kissing amongst rioters and police went viral.