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Kamloops RCMP arrest dangerous domestic offender

October 07, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Police have arrested a dangerous domestic offender in Kamloops following a car chase. 

Kamloops RCMP responded to a report of a domestic assault Oct. 6, involving a 24-year-old Kamloops man who had recently been released from jail, according to an RCMP media release.

The man is alleged to have physically assaulted a 25-year-old woman, injuring her. He is also suspected of sexual assault, forcible confinement and uttering threats against the same victim.

Police were called to the 1200-block of Monashee Court as the suspect had allegedly located, and again assaulted his previous victim Oct. 7, around 1:15 a.m.

As RCMP responded to the scene, the suspect fled in a vehicle, forcing his way by police cars and driving over lawns, blowing a rear tire in the escape.

Police located the suspect as he was driving north on 3 Avenue and pursued him to the 300 block of Tranquille Road. The suspect was driving dangerously on one or two rear rims, and drove towards responding officers.

When the vehicle was immobilized using a spike belt, the suspect allegedly resisted arrest and refused to surrender. The suspect also allegedly brandished a hatchet at officers. Police used a taser to take the man into custody without injury.

“This was definitely a high risk incident, involving a dangerous and violent offender who had no regard for public or police safety whatsoever,” Kamloops RCMP Sgt. Mat Van Laer said in a release. “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."

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

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