File # 2020-15785
2020-07-23 13:08 PDT

An earlier version of this news release included Roth’s photo. Now that Roth has been located, his photo and detailed description have been removed.

What started as a call about a nude man has led to four police officers being injured, one of them seriously, and a criminal code charge for a 30-year-old Coquitlam man.

When a 9-1-1 call comes in, police never know what we’re going to get, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. This file started fairly innocently, but the outcome was serious and it could have been even worse.

On June 18, 2020, just before midnight, a concerned citizen called police about a man who was walking nude on Lougheed Highway near the Pitt River in Port Coquitlam. When the first officer arrived on scene, the naked man ran into nearby bushes.

The officer followed the man, told him he was under arrest, and attempted to get the man a blanket. The man allegedly reacted by punching the officer without warning and continuing to assault him when he fell to the ground. Four other police officers, and two Conducted Energy Weapons (CEW), were needed before the arrest could be completed.

Roth was taken to hospital for minor injuries and was kept overnight for other medical issues. Three police officers were also treated at the hospital for minor injuries. One police officer is receiving ongoing treatment for serious injuries but has nevertheless returned to work.

On July 22, 2020, the following charge was approved against Roth:

  • Assaulting a police officer causing bodily harm 270.01(2) of the Criminal Code.

Roth is very well-known to police. He turned himself in today (July 23, 2020) after learning about the warrant for his arrest.

Released by

Cpl. Michael McLaughlin

Media Relations Officer
Coquitlam RCMP
2986 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7Y5
Office: 604-945-1580


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