‘Room invasion’ causes dramatic scene

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  • Nov. 10, 2016 6:00 a.m.

A “room invasion” is how Staff Sgt. Darryl Hammond describes one of the week’s more dramatic incidents for Creston RCMP.

On Sunday night two suspects wearing ski masks and carrying weapons forced their way into a Canyon Street motel room and threatened the occupants, a family with two children.

“One suspect later surrendered himself,” Hammond said. Charges pending include robbery with a firearm, disguise with intent and pointing a firearm.

Police are now working to identify the accomplice and ask that anyone with information call the RCMP detachment at 250-428-9313.

In other police news, Creston RCMP responded to 57 calls for service from October 31-November 6, Hammond said, which is a dramatic drop from last week.

October 31

•A vehicle went off Beam Road, landing upside down in a ditch during the night.

•When police responded to a complaint that claimed minors were being supplied with alcohol by an adult, the investigation showed that the minors in question did not possess alcohol and had not consumed any.

•Police received a 911 call from a female who seemed to be under attack, but determined the call originated in Washington State.

November 1

•A motorist accused of failing to yield when turning onto Canyon Street will receive a warning letter.

•A wallet found on Northwest Boulevard is being returned to the traveller who lost it.

•Police were unable to help Golden RCMP with an investigation after concluding a suspect no longer resides in the area.

•A small amount of marijuana was seized when police investigated a complaint about a suspicious vehicle on 26th Avenue North.

•A minor sideswipe incident was reported on Canyon Street. Minor damage resulted.

•A dispute over an invoice on Highway 3 in Erickson was determined to be a civil matter.

•One of a group of cows was nearly hit when they strayed onto Highway 3A north of Wynndel.

November 2

•A male was arrested following a domestic assault on 7th Avenue South. He was later released on a promise to appear in court. Charges are pending.

•A PCSS student was reported to have made an “inappropriate” item in a shop class.

•Suspicious noises were reported by a Kidd Creek camper.

•An erratic driver was reported on Northwest Boulevard.

•A truck collided with an elk on Highway 3 near Yahk.

November 3

•Participants in a fight reported on Canyon Street at 16th Avenue were gone when police arrived.

•Ammunition was turned in for destruction by a resident.

•Threats were reported after a dog ran out of a yard in Yahk and ran at two other dogs being walked. The single dog then ran back onto its property and a verbal dispute between the owners was reported.

•Charges are being recommended on a male suspect after another male was punched and hit with a golf club on 16th Avenue North.

•When police responded to a call about an intoxicated male on 16th Avenue South at Dogwood Street they found the complainant was even more intoxicated so he was given a ride home.

November 4

•A male who threatened to kick in a door on Hillside Street was not located.

•A vehicle went out of control on Highway 3 15km west of Creston and went into the ditch.

•An 80-year-old male died suddenly in his Pine Street home.

•An 82-year-old female on Erickson Road reported that she had been called by a debt collector from Houston, Texas about a debt from a person who did not live at that address. RCMP staff made calls on her behalf to put a stop to the harassment.

•A dispute arose in Riondel after a vehicle was towed. The vehicle owner said it was parked on his property and the tow company had no right to move it.

•A Saskatchewan couple got a rude welcome to the Creston Valley when the property they had rented and planned to live in proved to be uninhabitable. The landlord refuses to refund the rent deposit and the newcomers will have to work through the Residential Tenant Branch to get a judgment.

•An assault reported on 15th Avenue is under investigation.

•Another noise complaint came from the Kidd Creek camper.

•When police investigated an assault complaint on Canyon Street they determined that charges are not warranted.

•A late night skateboarder was the subject of a complaint from Northwest Boulevard at Pine Street, where he was riding in the middle of the road while wearing dark clothing.

November 5

•Police responded to a complaint of a domestic dispute on Highway 3A near in Wynndel, where they found all parties very intoxicated.

•An on-going dispute on Erickson Road that dates back to an assault has flared up again.

•A semi clipped a utility pole on Northwest Boulevard at Helen Street.

•When police responded to a complaint about bootlegging to minors on Canyon Street they found the minors did not possess alcohol. The suspect was warned, but denied having sold alcohol.

•An Erickson Road resident reported hearing a young female screaming in a vehicle but police could not locate it.

November 6

•An intoxicated male yelling “I hate this place” before getting into a vehicle on Canyon Street was reported. The Cranbrook resident was located and found to be driving after consuming an excess of alcohol. He was given a 90-day driving prohibition, his vehicle was impounded for 30 days and now, in all likelihood, he hates Creston even more.

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