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Assault with a Weapon. Person in distress. Fraud. Driving under the influence. Wear your mask.

Assault with a Weapon

A person has been arrested after threatening someone with bear spray.

On Nov. 17, a person approached a stranger who was sitting in a car in the 1200-block of Main Street and threatened them with the spray. The suspect kicked the side of the car before leaving. The individual in the car called 911. Officers responded quickly and were able to take the suspect into custody. This matter is now before the courts.

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Person in distress

A person in mental distress was helped by Squamish first responders on Nov. 18 in Paradise Valley.

Officers and paramedics with Emergency Health Services (EHS) were able to talk with the person who expressed feeling suicidal. The person eventually voluntarily agreed to go to the hospital with paramedics. Police drove the person’s personal belongings and medication to the hospital.

If you are in crisis, help is available. The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of B.C. is at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433). It is staffed 24-hours, 7 days a week.

Fraud

A local woman was the victim of fraud, which was reported on Nov. 20. She received a phone call from what appeared to be the Squamish RCMP detachment. The caller said there was a warrant for the woman's arrest and that she needed to deposit $3,900 in bitcoin to avoid arrest.

The woman, unfortunately, made the deposit prior to realizing that it was a fraud.

Police will never call and ask for money over the phone.

"Criminals can be quite creative and technology exists that allows them to disguise their number. If you’re suspicious of a police officer that has called you, ask for their name and what police detachment they’re calling from and advise them that you’ll call them right back. Then hang up your phone — if you’re on a landline unplug the phone from the wall as well — and call the detachment directly," Squamish RCMP said in a news release.

DUI

A driver was issued a 90-day driver’s license suspension, and their vehicle was impounded for 30 days, on Nov. 20.

Earlier, the Squamish RCMP received a report of a hit and run crash on Highway 99, near Porteau Cove.

When officers arrived they noted that the damage was inconsistent with the driver’s report.

"Evidence on the scene indicated a collision with the road barrier, as opposed to another vehicle," reads the RCMP news release.

The driver was given a roadside sobriety test, which they failed.

Wear your mask

On Nov. 21, Squamish RCMP received a report from a business located in the 38000-block of Cleveland Avenue for help with a customer who was refusing to wear a mask and yelling at people.

Officers spoke with the individual, who said that they were unfamiliar with the new mask requirements.

The police explained that masks are now required in most indoor public places and those who don't comply may be issued a $230 fine under the COVID-19 Related Measures Act. 

The individual voluntarily left the business with a warning from the police.

Files from Nov. 17 to 23

●      Total number of files: 122

●      False alarm calls: 6

●      False/abandoned 911 calls: 2

●      Collision investigations: 4

●      Mental Health Act calls: 6

●      Theft from vehicle calls: 0


Anyone with any information regarding any crime is asked to contact the Squamish RCMP at 604-892-6100, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or go to the website www.solvecrime.ca.

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