Dangerous domestic offender arrested following pursuit

Kamloops City

2020-10-07 14:36 PDT

File # 2020-33775

On October 6th, 2020 the Kamloops RCMP received a complaint of domestic assault involving a 24-year-old man from Kamloops, who had recently been released from Jail. He had been directed to report to Vision Quest upon his release, but failed to do so and a breach charge was being sought in that regards.

On October 6, that man is alleged to have physically assaulted a 25-year-old woman, causing her bodily harm. He is also suspected of sexual assault, forcible confinement and uttering threats against the same victim. At the time of the report, the victim was not with the suspect, and police where on the lookout for him.

On October 7, 2020 at approximately 1:15 a.m., police were called to the 1200-block Monashee Court as the suspect had allegedly located, and again assaulted his previous victim. As police responded to the scene, the suspect fled in a vehicle, allegedly forcing his way by police cars and driving over lawns. In the process, the suspect vehicle suffered a blown rear tire but continued on.

Other Kamloops police units located the suspect as he was driving North on 3 Avenue and followed him to the 300-block of Tranquille Rd. In an attempt to escape, the suspect allegedly was driving dangerously, on one, then two, rear rims only and drove toward responding members, who were forced to take evasive actions to avoid injury.

Once the vehicle was immobilized, the suspect is alleged to resisted arrest, challenging members and refusing to surrender. At one point, the suspect allegedly brandished a hatchet at officers. In order to take the man into custody without injury, a Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW), also known as a Taser, was deployed.

This was definitely a high risk incident, involving a dangerous and violent offender who had no regards for public or police safety what‐so‐ever, stated S/Sgt. Mat Van Laer from the Kamloops RCMP. "In addition to the serious assault to the victim, we also had information that this individual could be carrying a firearm. We did everything we could to make every attempts at stopping this individual with the least possible risks to public, including the successful use of a spike belt" added S/Sgt. Van Laer. Our members truly placed themselves in harm’s way to protect the public in this case, and I am very thankful that none of them were seriously hurt, concluded S/Sgt. Van Laer. Who also wants to thank anyone that was disturbed by the chaotic scene on Tranquille Road earlier today.

The Kamloops RCMP is also asking anyone that was driving at the time of this event, and came across this suspect vehicle to contact them at (250)828‐3000.

Released by:
Sgt. Darren Michels
Kamloops RCMP Detachment

For media inquiries contact:
Sgt. Darren Michels by email at darren.michels@rcmp-grc.gc.ca or by phone at 250-828-3000

Released by

Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey

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Southeast District
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