Kamloops arson suspect arrested in Grand Forks
RCMP police vehicle (MyGrandForksNow.com staff)
West Kootenay Traffic Services very own Constable Wolfram apprehended a suspect in a Kamloops arson case.
On her way to work on February 10, 2020, Cst. Wolfram spotted a person who matched the description. She immediately called another officer from her Unit and approached the suspect in Grand Forks.
“When we called the suspect by name, he asked why police asked for identification if they already knew who he was,” said Cst. Wolfram. “He was arrested without incident and transported a short distance to the Grand Forks RCMP Detachment and held for court on numerous outstanding charges and parole violations.”
RCMP say the investigation had been ongoing since Kamloops RCMP responded to an arson at a local hotel on January 30, 2020.
The suspect’s trail would lead south according to RCMP:
Then, on February 9, 2020, Kelowna RCMP received a driving complaint that involved a black Dodge pickup truck with Alberta licence plates. The vehicle was located, however the driver fled when police attempted to pull it over. At that time, it was learned that the vehicle was registered to a man wanted Canada-wide for parole violations.
Later the same day, RCMP in Greenwood received a driving complaint involving the same black Dodge pickup and, with the assistance of Midway and Grand Forks RCMP, located the pickup abandoned in Grand Forks with no sign of its driver. All police officers in the Grand Forks area were alerted to be on the lookout for the suspect driver.
Acting Inspector Chad Badry, Commander of WKTS said,
This was an excellent example of officer awareness that resulted in the peaceful arrest of a dangerous and wanted individual, and added.
Just because we are not on shift doesn’t mean we turn off the radar!