North Vancouver RCMP have arrested a suspect after responding to a report of a break and enter involving a man brandishing a knife.
The police incident in North Vancouver happened on June 17, just before 6 am when a security guard patrolling a vacant building in the 100 block of W15th Street reported finding a male inside the building. The man brandished a knife when confronted by the guard.
Officers immediately responded and located the suspect inside the building. He fled on foot, eventually reaching the roof of the building. He traversed between the rooftops of adjacent buildings, placing himself at risk while evading capture. Due to the dangerous heights, officers did not approach, but continued to track him from a safe distance. The man subsequently stopped fleeing, and remained on the roof of the original building.
Due to the fall hazard, officers contained the area and contacted the Integrated Emergency Response Team (IERT) who are trained in high angle operations. Just after 9 am, members of IERT and the Integrated Police Dog Services (IPDS) safely arrested the suspect, a North Vancouver man in his 20s. He now faces multiple charges including weapons possession.
“This was a dynamic and fluid situation for our front-line officers, said Cst. Mansoor Sahak, Media Relations Officers for the North Vancouver RCMP. IERT are specially trained officers who can assist frontline officers responding to high risk incidents, he said.
Meanwhile, a man who sexually assaulted a woman in a Lynn Valley trail has been found guilty.