Area shutdown, multiple arrests made
2020-10-01 13:02 PDT
Maple Ridge B.C – Ridge Meadows RCMP have arrested two men and two women after responding to an alleged report of forcible confinement with weapons involved.
On September 30, 2020, while on patrol in the 21300 block of Lougheed Highway a frontline officer noticed a woman who was in distress. After speaking with the woman it was discovered that she had been held at a nearby house without her consent. The police investigation also revealed that alleged firearms were also at the alleged location.
In an abundance of caution, and to ensure the safety of the public, the immediate area was secured and the RCMP’s Integrated Emergency Response Team (IERT), Air 1 and Integrated Police Dog Services (IPDS) were called in to assist with the unfolding and active incident. Lougheed Highway between Laity Street and 216 Street was closed to all traffic and the residence was contained.
The IERT was able to call out four people located in the residence. Two men and two women were arrested on scene without incident and are being held in police custody.
On October 1, 2020, a warrant was secured and the house was searched.
The public expects the police to respond accordingly and we take public safety very seriously, states Constable Julie Klaussner.
For this reason, particularly in a case where there is alleged forcible confinement and weapons, it is all hands on deck as it is easier for police to scale back a response after an initial scene assessment.
Klaussner further states,
we understand the curiosity from the public when there is a major police presence however, best practice is for the public to always go inside and stay clear of any unfolding police incident.
Police are interested in speaking with several witnesses who stopped to assist the victim but left the area prior to speaking with police.
If you saw something in the area or have possible dash camera footage from around 1pm to 4pm on September 30, please contact Constable Halcrow at 604-463-6251 or call CRIME STOPPERS at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a TIP online at www.solvecrime.ca.
Cst. Julie Klaussner
Media Relations Officer
Ridge Meadows RCMP
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