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Kamloops RCMP arrest suspect following attempted citizen intervention

April 28, 2020 - 3:11 PM

A Kamloops resident whose vehicle was broken into last night had their stolen items returned to them this afternoon.

This morning, April 28, an officer responded to a call on Lorne Street, where a vehicle window had been smashed, according to an RCMP media release. Numerous items such as a laptop and a purse were stolen from the vehicle. Surveillance photos showed a man on a BMX bike breaking the window and stealing the items.

At around noon, the owner of the vehicle and some friends saw a man matching the suspect in surveillance video on St. Paul Street riding a BMX bike. 

When one of the friends attempted to stop the bike, the suspect allegedly produced a machete, police say.

The friend pulled the suspect off of his bike while another secured the machete. The suspect got back on his bike and was attempting to leave the area when police arrived. 

A few blocks away, the suspect got off of his bike to flee on foot, but was quickly apprehended. The suspect was arrested and all of the items that had been stolen from the vehicle this morning were located on his person, RCMP say.

“We don’t recommend that citizens try to apprehend a suspect,” Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said in the release. “In this case, the suspect had a machete. Luckily, no one was injured and the officers were able to take the suspect into custody.”

A 46-year-old Kamloops man is facing charges but police do not say what charges will be forwarded to the prosecution service.

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