A heavy police presence has been reported near Richmond Park in Kelowna this afternoon. (Sydney Morton/Capital News)

Police track armed kidnapping across Thompson-Okanagan

RCMP allege it was a targeted crime believed to be linked to the drug trade

An alleged robbery turned kidnapping in Kamloops spilled over to Kelowna Thursday, and that’s what prompted Mounties to lockdown part of a city block.

Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey with the Kelowna RCMP explained the reason behind the extensive police presence on an apartment building in the 1100 block of Bernard Avenue was a kidnapping.

READ MORE: SCENE OUTSIDE KELOWNA BUIDLING CLEARED

“With the safety of the hostage victim, the responding police officers and the general public in mind, the incident prompted the temporary closure of roadways in the immediate area and a temporary hold and secure of nearby businesses,” said RCMP Cpl. O’Donaghey, in a press release.

The targeted crime which Mounties say was linked to the drug trade didn’t end Thursday on Bernard Avenue, which explains the social media buzz of numerous police sightings.

Kamloops Cpl. Jodi Shelkie, explained that the woman who was believed to be kidnapped in a Valentine’s Day Kamloops robbery was carted to Kelowna with her alleged assailants but not recovered in the downtown police lockdown.

On Friday, Feb. 15, police determined that the captive woman could be in a vehicle travelling from Kelowna to Kamloops.

“This vehicle was stopped by police near Falkland. Officers arrested a man and a woman and located the kidnapped woman. Thankfully, the woman was uninjured. Firearms were also seized from this vehicle,” said Shelkie.

“First and foremost, our concern was for the woman who had been kidnapped. The danger that she was in cannot be overemphasized. Officers knew that the suspects were armed. It was unknown what their intent was regarding her life. Few details could be released to the media to protect our investigation and ultimately, help get this woman back to safety.”

The investigation is still ongoing and police are working to identify and locate the second suspect involved in the robbery. It is clear this was a targeted crime and involved participants in the local Kamloops drug trade.

All investigative information will be forwarded to the British Columbia Prosecution Service for consideration of appropriate charges. Numerous serious charges are expected against the suspect arrested in Kelowna.

READ MORE: Police incident unfolds in Kamloops

ORIGINAL:

A heavy police presence has been reported near Richmond Park in Kelowna this afternoon.

A witness tells the Capital News he was driving home, about 1:45 p.m. on Bernard Avenue when he saw several police vehicles, an armoured truck and non-marked cars in the area.

The vehicles then passed the witness and drove through the neighbourhood. As he pulled into his driveway, he heard a loud bang and saw smoke come from the area.

The witness says he heard yelling and then all vehicles dispersed; however there are still police circling the area.

The Capital News has sent a reporter to the scene.

@carliberry_
carli.berry@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Five accused in South Surrey torched-SUV killing ordered back to court in January

Bhavkiran Dhesi died in August 2017; five members of the same family are charged in connection with her death

Elgin Park grad steers UBC to women’s soccer title

Danielle Steer scores winning goal in championship game and semifinal

‘Illegal hotels’ operating in City of White Rock: councillor

Anthony Manning concerned some homeowners are operating unlicensed B&B-style rentals

Surrey murder victim identified as Andrew Baldwin

Homicide investigators call on public to help find suspect last seen on 124th Street

Former Cloverdale youth pastor guilty of one count of sexual assault

Judge cites reasonable doubt in finding Samuel Emerson not guilty of majority of charges

Community uses loophole to paint 16 rainbow crosswalks after B.C. council says no

So far 11 rainbows are painted and five planned, all since council denied the first proposal in September

Adoption centre closes despite effort to save it; B.C. left with two agencies

Choices Adoption and Pregnancy Counselling in Victoria was set to close in April

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh to meet with Trudeau today to discuss throne speech

Top ask will be for Liberal support for the immediate creation of a national universal pharmacare program

B.C. set to announce changes around youth vaping, regulations

Move will involved education, tightening access, working with partners and pressuring the federal government

Yelling at your dog might hurt its long-term mental health: study

Researchers find dogs trained using negative reinforcement are more ‘pessimistic’

Vancouver Island soap company releases Lucky Lager beer soap

Beer-infused olive oil soap comes out just in time for holiday shopping

Jagmeet Singh says he’ll vote against throne speech if NDP requests not met

Singh is to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday

Most Read

l -->