FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Dallas Snydmiller, who is the president of Creep Catchers in Grande Prairie, says Creep Catchers will be going live in Fort St. John in the next 24 hours.
The original Creep Catchers started in Calgary, by a man named Dawson Raymond around a year ago. Snydmiller says that people were getting sick of hearing the stories about how people would be busted and then basically let go. He says nobody was facing charges so Raymond started up the Calgary chapter and it exploded from there.
Snydmiller started the Grande Prairie organization. He says he’s been doing recruiting. He also used to work in Fort St. John himself.
“I used to work in that area of BC a lot in the oil fields in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd area. There’s a lot of traffic around there, so I looked to one of the guys on my team who works up there fairly often and I said ‘hey, I’d like you to start fishing up there and see if you can catch some guys and lets start helping out Fort St. John area and Dawson Creek too’.”
For those who aren’t familiar with how the Creep Catchers operate, they set up decoy accounts that look like younger girls. Snydmiller says that they don’t message anybody first, they wait for people to message them.
“It is a lot like fishing. You throw out your bait, and wait. In this case, we’ll get messages. From there, we start talking to them. We tell them that we’re 13, 14, or 15 and in some cases, I’ve seen as low as 11. At that point, they can either stop talking to the decoy or they can keep talking to the decoy. When they continue talking to the decoy, the guys usually ask for a meet and then will go and meet them and from there they end up on Facebook or YouTube or whatever social media platform you see them on.”
When asked if police ever get involved, Snydmiller says that he has tried but they haven’t really done anything to assist.
“I’ve tried, but they haven’t really done anything for me. So I just stopped. I had a really, really bad case where we had a guy talking to multiple decoys all over Canada and he was saying some really gross things, and being almost violent towards the decoy. So, 3 weeks before he was supposed to come to Grande Prairie, I brought all these chat logs and everything to the police and I said ‘hey, I won’t even do the video if you guys bust this guy, I’ll let you guys deal with it’.
3 weeks later, I didn’t get a phone call. The guy showed up to town, and we busted him.”
Snydmiller says the man actually admitted to another crime, and ended up turning himself into police after they busted him.
The Fort St. John page will be live as of tonight. The actual “opening of the chapter” happens at around 6:00 pm.