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Crime: Citizen Aids Police In Arrest
Submitted. Ridge Meadows RCMP are praising the actions of a citizen who assisted a uniformed police officer Wednesday afternoon. Police were called to a farm on Hale Road just before 1:00 p.m. Wednesday January 11, 2012 for a very violent domestic assault. Police and relatives located a woman who had been seriously beaten. The suspect, the victim’s 56 year old estranged husband, had run off when he realized police were in the area and an extensive search, which included the assistance of RCMP Lower Mainland District Police Dog Services and Traffic Services helicopter ‘Air One’, began.
The suspect was located just over one hour later. One police officer found him on Harris Road, where the officer attempted to take the man into custody. The suspect resisted, and a physical fight ensued. The suspect was arrested after a citizen, who was working for Shaw Cable Systems, came over to assist the officer in subduing the man.
“Clearly the quick actions of this citizen ended this altercation, and prevented injury to either our member or the suspect.” said Superintendent Dave Walsh. “Police officers know adrenaline runs very high in domestic disputes, and many people become irrational, which definitely happened in this case. Our officers are prepared and will react to any aggression. This struggle took place in a deep water filled ditch area that only added to the danger of the incident. In my eyes this citizen is a hero, and someone I would like to publicly thank. The citizen put his own safety aside to assist our officer, and did the right thing. It also shows the support all police have from citizens of our communities.”
The suspect was held in police custody for a first court appearance on Thursday January 12, 2012. Police are recommending charges of Assault causing bodily harm, Forcible Confinement, Uttering Threats, Resisting Arrest, and Obstructing a Peace Officer.