Police respond to increased calls

The increased number of people in the community brought to town by the WL Indoor Rodeo did not create significant policing issues.

  • Apr. 21, 2015 6:00 p.m.

The increased number of  people in the community brought to town by the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo did not create any significant policing issues, report the Williams Lake RCMP.

Police responded to some alcohol related incidents, typical with the population increase.

Officers responded to 102 calls for service over last weekend.

In comparison, the weekend prior to the Indoor Rodeo, officers responded to 85 calls for service.

Calls ranged from assaults and causing a disturbance to public intoxication.

Officers working during the rodeo weekend advised that the Indoor Rodeo was well managed by on-scene security, volunteers and regular patrols from officers of the Williams Lake Detachment.

Police responded to the following calls:

At 6:39 p.m. on Friday, April 17, a witness reported seeing three males enter a residence in the 600 block of Carson Drive with three AK47s.

Police obtained a search warrant to enter the residence and search for the weapons.

No firearms were located as a result of the search. One male in the residence was arrested on outstanding warrants.


On Saturday, April 18, at 10:43 a.m., a male reported that the windshield of his Blue 2013 Jeep Patriot had been smashed in the underground parking lot at Second Avenue and Yorston Street.

An officer attended and photographs were taken of the damage and shoe prints on the bumper and hood of the vehicle.

It appears that the windshield was broken when someone stomped on it. A suspect has not yet been identified and this matter is still under investigation.


On Saturday, April 18 at 10:30 p.m., as the barn dance at the Indoor Rodeo was letting out, a 27-year-old male pulled one of the fire alarms at the Cariboo Memorial Complex. The male attempted to get away but was chased down by two officers. Charges are being recommended.


On Sunday, April 19, at 7:13 a.m., Williams Lake RCMP received a report that there was a fully engulfed vehicle on fire near Hodgson Rd and Dog Creek Rd. Officers attended and located a 2003 white Chevrolet, which was completely on fire.

A witness told police that the fire started around 6:30 a.m. Officers spoke with the owner of the vehicle who did not know that his vehicle was gone and stated that no one had permission to take his vehicle.

This matter is still under investigation.

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