Arrest of man after rampage; may be linked to robberies
A man believed to be connected to a string of recent robberies in the North Okanagan is in custody in Kamloops after allegedly ramming a police car with a stolen van in Sahali.
Kamloops RCMP Const. Bernie Ward said Mounties were called to a residential area of Upper Sahali just before 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1, after area residents reported a man smashing vehicles with a baseball bat.
Officers arrived and found the man in a nearby parking lot.
Ward said the man attempted to flee in a red van, narrowly missing one police vehicle and clipping another.
The driver is then alleged to have rammed into an apartment-building support pole, which caused significant damage to the van.
According to Ward, the man drove another 500 metres before leaving the vehicle and being taken into custody.
The van had previously been reported stolen in Enderby, police believe, and has been linked to at least two recent robberies in Armstrong — one at a liquor store, the other at a grocery store.
Ward said the 40-year-old suspect, whose name has not been made public, will face charges for the incident in Sahali. He was also wanted on warrants out of the North Okanagan.
Mounties are continuing their investigations into the Armstrong robberies.