Over the Thanksgiving long weekend, the Williams Lake RCMP responded to over 100 calls for service. Complaints ranged from the usual nuisance and cause of a disturbance to intoxication, assault and theft complaints.
Police were contacted at 3:30 a.m. and responded to an alleged stabbing inside a residence on Western Avenue. When police arrived they discovered a group of individuals at the front entrance. Inside the residence, a male was sitting on the couch. He ran to the kitchen to evade police and tried grabbing a kitchen knife. He was identified and arrested for breach of peace. He was found to be highly intoxicated, depressed, and had been arguing with his mother. While in the residence investigating this disturbance, police located a small marijuana grow operation. The matter is still under investigation.
At 09:45 a.m. police responded to a report that a vehicle parked on Fifth Avenue South had been broken into some time after 11 p.m. the previous evening. A stereo and a laptop case with papers in it were stolen. Police would like to remind people not to leave valuables visible and unattended in your vehicle as these types of vehicles are easily targeted for theft.
Police were dispatched at 1:15 p.m. to a complaint of a robbery in Boitanio Park. The complainant reported that three males had stolen his shoes from him in the park, as well as another pair of shoes in a box, and a bag from a local sports store. Follow-up investigation by police identified possible suspects. The matter is still under investigation.
At 10:05 p.m. police responded to a report of a disturbance taking place near a residence on Soda Creek Road in Williams Lake. The complainant observed a native male around 18-20 years old looking into his backyard at his bike. When the complainant confronted the male, the male produced a knife.
Despite being threatened with the knife, the complainant did not back down from the threat and the perpetrator fled the area to another residence. Police attended the residence and arrested a male for assault with a weapon and breach of undertaking. The matter is still under investigation.
A worker at Cariboo Friendship Society called police at 12:44 a.m. to report that a female arrived at the centre with a cut on the nose and stated she was assaulted by a couple of people on the street. The complainant was highly intoxicated at the time of reporting and there was a 30-minute delay in notifying police. No suspects were identified. The female was transported to the hospital by ambulance. Injuries included a broken nose. The matter is still under investigation by police.
At approximately 2:15 p.m. police responded to a report of an an unknown male going to a residence on Highway 97 South and accusing the occupant of the residence of stealing his tires. The residence occupant said that he was threatened by the male with a silver 22 calibre handgun.
The residence owner was able to provide police with a vehicle description and direction of travel when the perpetrator left. Subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of a male for uttering threats, dangerous use of a firearm and possession of a weapon dangerous to public. The matter is still under investigation by police.
At 6:50 p.m. police responded to a single vehicle accident on Highway 20 at Sheep Creek hill. Police spoke with the driver of the vehicle involved who was driving eastbound towards Williams Lake when a deer ran out in front of his pick-up truck which was towing a camper on a trailer.
The driver avoided hitting the deer but the trailer jackknifed, throwing the camper off the trailer and landing in the eastbound travel lane on Hwy 20. No injuries sustained. Follow-up investigation by police revealed a number of infractions under the Motor Vehicle Act.
An employee of Tim Hortons called police at 2:29 p.m. to report that a male was yelling and screaming at staff in Tim Hortons at Hwy 97. Another male asked the perpetrator to leave, at which time the suspect grabbed the tip can on the counter of Tim Hortons and ran out. The male followed the suspect, watched him throw the tip can, and continued following him until police arrested the perpetrator for theft. He was taken into custody and held for court. Matter is still under investigation.
Police responded to a report at 2:38 p.m. of an attempted theft of his Dodge truck from a residence on Moxon Place. The owner of the vehicle believes the attempted theft occurred between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The back window of the truck was smashed, and the ignition had been tampered with. Nothing was stolen. Neither the owner nor his daughter heard or saw anyone. No suspects have been identified at this time.
At 11:36 p.m. police responded to a complaint of an assault that had occurred at the field behind Marie Sharpe Elementary School on Cameron St and 3rd Avenue North. The complainant was with a friend when they were approached by three unknown males on BMX bikes.
One of the victims was threatened with a knife and then punched in the face several times and the male assailants fled immediately after attack. The victim that was assaulted momentarily lost consciousness but refused medical treatment and left the scene with his father.
Anyone with information or who may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact the Williams Lake RCMP Detachment or phone Crimestoppers.