A Houston man is facing several charges following a reported break-in and fire in the community Saturday.
RCMP say they were contacted by a woman, who said a man, armed with an edged weapon, broke into her home on Mount Davis Way and tried to assault her.
When police arrived, the suspect reportedly fled to a cabin on the property.
As they approached, officers say they could hear the man yelling, then heard an explosion and soon after, saw smoke coming from the structure.
The suspect then exited the burning building, but after a brief struggle with police, tried to run back toward it.
Police managed to stop him, but they all became trapped between the burning building and a surrounding brush fire, and were forced to flee through thick brush.
They were guided out by a local resident who had heard the commotion.
The suspect is now in hospital undergoing medical assessments and faces several charges including Arson, Assault with a Weapon, Resisting a Peace Officer, Uttering Threats and Break-and-Enter.
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Houston Man faces multiple charges following structure fire
2019-07-10 09:19 PDT
File # 2019-1550
On Saturday July 6 2019 Frontline Officers are called to a home on Mount Davis Way after a woman reported a male broke into her home, armed with an edged weapon and attempted to physically assault her.
Upon police attendance, the suspect had run from the house into a cabin on the property. When police arrived, they could hear the man yelling, then heard an explosion and soon after, saw smoke coming from the structure. The suspect exited the cabin and after a brief struggle with police, managed to break free and run back towards the burning building.
The suspect, who was believed to be armed, had to be considered armed to be physically restrained by police to prevent him from running into the burning building. As a result, the police and suspect were trapped between the structure fire and the surrounding brush fire. The police were forced to flee with the suspect through thick brush as the fire blocked the way out.
A resident of Houston, who had heard the commotion, was able to help guide the police and suspect safely out of the woods.
The suspect was immediately assessed medically at the scene by BC Emergency Health Services and later transported to hospital. He remains in area hospital undergoing further medical assessments and faces potential charges including Arson, Assault with a Weapon, Resist Peace Officer, Uttering Threats and Break and Enter.
Cpl. Madonna Saunderson
District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
4020 5th Avenue, Prince George B.C. V2M 7E7