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Police make new arrest in Stanley Cup riots

Riot officers in downtown Vancouver June 15, 2011 during the Stanley Cup riot.

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Police have arrested a man with an alleged history of post-hockey-game rioting in Alberta on new charges relating to Vancouver's Stanley Cup riots.

Andrew Comber, 38, is alleged to have dressed in green, tossed a flaming stuffed bear onto an overturned truck on West Georgia Street, and repeatedly taunted police following the Canucks' Game 7 loss in the Stanley Cup final.

He was arrested at his home Saturday by RCMP officers based in Salmon Arm, 100 km east of Kamloops, according to Vancouver police. The new charges against him include participating in a riot, mischief and arson.

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Mr. Comber is also wanted in Alberta for numerous charges stemming from a 2004 incident following a Calgary Flames hockey game. Those charges include assaulting a peace officer, mischief and theft under $5,000, according to police.

With the help and support of partner police agencies, rioters won't be able to escape justice by hiding in their communities," Inspector Les Yeo, who is leading the Vancouver Police Department's riot investigation, wrote in a statement released early Sunday.

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