The simultaneous raids on 14 homes that resulted in the rescue of Graham McMynn were described by police as "controlled chaos" that went exactly as planned.
After RCMP officers burst into a home in Surrey, "we have one dove in custody" was the code used to alert colleagues that the 23-year-old UBC student had been rescued from the basement apartment where he was held captive.
Mr. McMynn was not the only innocent person in "custody" that morning. A young couple renting the main-floor apartment in the Surrey home were arrested at gunpoint, and more than a week later, they say their future living arrangements remain uncertain.
Nic Perchie, his fiancée, Charity Hickson, and her daughters, 7 and 2, were at home in the three-bedroom apartment when officers raided the house at about 10 a.m. on April 12. Ms. Hickson said she was in the garage taking out her daughter's stroller with the door open when several armed officers jumped out of an SUV.
"They were yelling at us to get down on the ground," Ms. Hickson said, adding that she repeatedly told the officers her young daughters were in the house.
Four of the people charged in Mr. McMynn's kidnapping were arrested at the Surrey home.
"I figured they were going after the guys downstairs. I thought it was drug related," Mr. Perchie said. He added that he could often smell marijuana downstairs and believed the landlord had told the basement tenants to move out by the end of this month.
Ms. Hickson said she was handcuffed and placed in a police car with her daughters for nearly three hours before she was informed she was a "material witness" and not a suspect in the abduction. During this period, she explained to her daughters that police were there to make sure their home was safe, she said. "We played the hide game, to hide from the media."
She said authorities briefly took her children from her. They are staying with her ex-husband until she and Mr. Perchie are more settled.
RCMP Corporal Roger Morrow said the officers involved in the raid had to detain everyone.
"How do you know the people on the main floor did not have contact with the people down below until you are able to confirm that?" he asked. The RCMP spokesman told an officer to cover the window of the police car in which Ms. Hickson was detained so that she would not be photographed.
While RCMP officers were involved in the raid, follow-up with the people detained was the responsibility of Vancouver police, Cpl. Morrow said.
Vancouver police have paid for the couple to stay in a hotel in Surrey for the past week, while a forensic investigation continues.
"We will cover all reasonable costs," Vancouver police spokesman Constable Tim Fanning said.
An officer has been in regular contact with the couple, he added. "We are doing what we can."
Mr. Perchie said he was originally told that he and his fiancée would not be able to return to their apartment because of possible contamination from chemicals used in the forensic investigation. Yesterday morning, police said the couple could go home tomorrow.
"The officers have done their utmost to prevent it from being contaminated," Constable Fanning said. "The home will be checked to make sure it is environmentally safe."
But Ms. Hickson said yesterday that she is not sure she can return to the main-floor apartment. "I have constant nightmares about that day."
The City of Vancouver said yesterday that it is not responsible for helping the couple.
A call to the office of Mayor Sam Sullivan was directed to the city's risk and emergency management department. An official in the department said the couple or their landlord should approach their private insurer.
The city would not provide compensation unless the couple could prove legal liability as a result of the actions of police, the official explained.