04 October 2021 – 15:14
Two Kamloops hotels were surrounded this morning by several armed RCMP officers and at least one person in custody.
Police first notified the public of an ongoing investigation at Canada’s Best Value Inn and Suites (formerly Acadian Inn) at around 11 a.m. on October 4, shortly before the arrest.
Tristan Fernandez, 25, was arrested in an operation involving numerous police officers, some carrying guns, with the help of the police dog service.
Officers set up a perimeter around the motel to locate Fernandez and he was finally handcuffed around 11:30 a.m., according to a press release from the Kamloops RCMP.
An arrest warrant had already been issued against Fernandez for a robbery on August 3.
When Kamloops RCMP spotted him entering the Columbia Street motel at around 9 a.m. today, they quickly set up a perimeter to find him before he left the scene.
At around noon, Kamloops RCMP also surrounded a motel in the 1700 block of the Trans-Canada Highway service road at Valleyview and stopped traffic from entering the Vicars Road service road at the 1600 block of Valleyview. Drive.
The BC RCMP Southeast District Emergency Response Team assisted Kamloops RCMP in responding to the Valleyview Motel until 3:30 pm Kamloops RCMP remained on duty. premises.
Police have recommended that the Kamloops Kidz daycare be put on hold and secured, which is located at Ralph Bell Elementary School, while they continue their investigation.
Traffic in the Valleyview area continues to be diverted.
Fernandez was arrested in connection with the theft in early August in the 1300 block of Battle Street, near the Columbia Street motel. On the day of the theft, Kamloops RCMP said the blue Plymouth used as an escape vehicle was stolen at least a day earlier and was found on fire in Riverside Park after the theft.
At the time, police said there were three suspects in the vehicle, but no arrests have been made until today.
It is not known whether the incidents at the two motels are related.
– This story was updated at 1 p.m. on October 4, 2021.
– This story was updated at 3:13 p.m. on October 4, 2021, with new information from the Kamloops RCMP.
– This story was updated at 3:45 p.m. on October 4, 2021, with new information from the Kamloops RCMP.
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