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Kamloops Mounties surround downtown motels

Multiple police vehicles have responded to the Acadian Motel in the 1300-block of Columbia Street downtown in what appears to be a standoff with someone inside the motel

UPDATE: 1:05 p.m.: Three men have been arrested at the Motel 6 in Valleyview, followed by the arrival of three 4X4 RCMP trucks carrying more officers. It appears as though police are preparing for an operation as officers are gearing up with what looks like emergency response team clothing and equipment.

UPDATE at 12:45 p.m.: Police have arrested at least one man at the Motel 6 in Valleyview as that operation winds up. At least five RCMP vehicles were used to cordon off the area on the East Trans-Canada Highway on Monday morning (Oct. 4) as part of a criminal investigation, the details of which have not yet been released by police. It is not known if the Valleyview incident is connected to a similar incident in the 1300-block of Columbia Street downtown, where a man was arrested at Canada's Best Value Inn and Suites. That arrest is believed to involve a man arrested, then released under court conditions, on Aug. 3 after the Lordco store at 1395 Battle St. east of downtown was robbed and a van used in the heist set ablaze in Riverside Park.

UPDATE at noon: Police have arrested a man at Canada's Best Value Inn and Suites (formerly the Acadian Inn) in downtown Kamloops following a two-and-a-half-hour standoff. There were no injuries reported at the scene in the 1300-block of Columbia Street. The man arrested is believed to be one of three people arrested, then released under court conditions, on Aug. 3 after the Lordco store at 1395 Battle St. east of downtown was robbed and a van used in the heist set ablaze in Riverside Park.

UPDATE: Kamloops Mounties have two motels in Kamloops surrounded, but it is not known if the two incidents are related. Police are at Canada's Best Value Inn and Suites downtown, where a wanted man is holed up. In Valleyview, there are officers at the Motel 6 on the East Trans-Canada Highway. Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Dana Napier told reporters outside Canada's Best Value Inn and Suites at 11:45 a.m. on Monday (Oct. 4) that while police are seeking a wanted man at the downtown motel, she does not know if the Valleyview incident is connected as she had not yet spoken to investigators of that operation.

Multiple police vehicles have responded to Canada's Best Value Inn and Suites in the 1300-block of Columbia Street downtown in what appears to be a standoff with someone inside the motel.

Chris Mitra, whose kitchen window overlooks the motel from his home across the street, said police vehicles began showing up at about 9:20 a.m. on Monday.

He said there appeared to be up to 12 police vehicles and officers at the scene with their carbine rifles drawn.

“The inside of the complex, they seem to have a line set up, some sort of standoff situation,” Mitra told KTW. “They’ve evacuated a number of the guests from the motel, as well as everybody from the restaurant,” Mitra said.

Mitra said he has seen officers placing spike belts at the entrances and exits to the motel. He said the front door to the motel’s office appears to have been smashed in.

Mitra said he was cleaning his kitchen when he noticed the first few police vehicles begin arriving, but didn’t hear anything of note leading up to the show of force.

He said police have the 1300-block of Nicola Street cordoned off and are keeping passersby away from the building, but Columbia Street remains open.

Kamloops RCMP has not yet issued a release specifying what they are dealing with at the motel, a place at which Mitra said he has noticed police activity on almost a daily basis.

At 10:57 a.m., Kamloops RCMP issued a release, noting officers are at the motel as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.

“Although no danger is expected to the public at this time, residents are asked to please avoid the area while police are on the scene,” the statement reads. “Some traffic may be temporarily rerouted.”

The detachment said more information will be released later.