West Shore RCMP get public’s help in arresting Langford man

City staffer, bystander assist police in bringing suspect in

Police needed a couple of attempts Wednesday to apprehend a 32-year-old Langford man with an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

The man, who was known to police, was spotted late yesterday afternoon by an observant Langford bylaw officer, who contacted the RCMP. Officers found the man on Matson Road off Goldstream Avenue and arrested him, but the suspect escaped custody after a struggle.

With the help of a bystander, officers took the man into custody again at around 5:20 p.m.

“It is always a good feeling knowing that there are bystanders willing to help,” said West Shore RCMP detachment spokesperson Const. Alex Bérubé. “Though the bystander was not directly involved with the apprehension, he was of great help making sure the officers could do their job safely.”

On top of the charges the man faced relating to the outstanding warrant, he faces new charges of Breach of Recognizance, Escape Lawful Custody, Resist Arrest and Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was due to appear in Western Communities Courthouse this morning.

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