Vancouver's 'Riot Romeo' heads home

Riot police walk in the street as the couple kiss on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada.

Credits: (Rich Lam/Getty Images)


The romeo of the Vancouver riots has arrived home in Australia, and he's got his Canadian girlfriend with him.

Scott Jones and Alex Thomas provided one of the most memorable images of the year when they were caught in a passionate embrace while riot chaos surrounded them following the Canucks' loss in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup.

The now-iconic photo shows the pair entangled, lying in the middle of the street, kissing, while a police line keeps rioters at bay in the background and a heavily uniformed cop brandishes his baton and shield in the foreground.

It was the one bright spot in an otherwise dismal event, and the photo - and their story - received worldwide attention.

Jones, of Perth, Australia, was about halfway through a 12-month work visa at the time. He'd been dating the University of Guelph (Ont.) student for several months, and the pair had said they planned to move to Australia soon.

The 29-year-old Jones - the "Riot Romeo" - is home for Christmas after more than a year away and is showing Thomas around his hometown, Now reported Saturday.

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