‘Significant Investigations’ Keep Mounties Busy Over the Holidays
Prince George, B.C. –A series of incidents kept police busy over the holiday break.
Prince George RCMP Cpl. Craig Douglass says Mounties responded to about 100 calls from Dec. 23 through to the morning of Jan. 1, 2017.
Here’s a summary of some of what police are calling the “significant investigations:”
- On Dec. 23, police received a report of an assault at a home on Upland Street. Officers arrived to find an “uncooperative female victim suffering from multiple injuries including bruises, cuts and cigarette burns.” Police say the assault occurred “somewhere else” and led to the arrest of five people at a home on the 1700 block of Pearson Avenue. Those charged included 33-year-old Prince George resident Celia Robinson. She’s facing nine charges including pointing a firearm, aggravated assault, robbery with a firearms and uttering threats. Twenty-eight-year-old Mandi Lee Zacharuk of Prince George is facing six charges including aggravated assault, unlawful confinement and robbery with a firearm. Thirty-year-old Vanessa Kathleen Friesen of Prince George is facing three charges including unlawful confinement, robbery with a firearms and uttering threats. Thirty-four-year-old Ollie James Henyu of Prince George is facing three charges including intimidation of a justice system participant, assault and uttering threats. And 52-year-old Remi Paul Gauthier of Prince George has been charged with knowingly possessing a firearm without a licence. Robinson, Zacharuk, Friesen and Henyu have been held in custody until their first court appearance later today while Gauthier was released on a promise to appear in court on Jan. 28.
- On Christmas Day at around 2 p.m., Mounties were called to a reported alarm at a locked compound on PG Pulpmill Road. Police attended to find it had been broken into. A police service dog team later tracked two suspects hiding under a large piece of equipment and were taken into custody without incident. Thirty-five-year-old Christopher Bradly Falconer of Prince George was charged with break and enter with intent, possession of break-in instruments and two counts of fail to comply with an undertaking. Fifty-year-old Earl Wade Johnson was charged with break and enter with intent, possession of break-in instruments and fail to comply with probation.
- At 2:00 a.m. on Dec. 29, Mounties were called to a reported shooting at a home on the 1500 block of Strathcona Avenue. Once there, they found a 44-year-old man suffering from what appeared to be wounds caused by shot gun pellets. He was taken to hospital for what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries. Police say it appears that two masked men forcibly entered the home where the victim resisted and was subsequently shot. The suspects fled the scene in an older pick-up truck. Although the motive is unknown, police say it appears to have been targeted.
- At 10:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Mounties were called to a reported work place injury that occurred at a mining site near Hixon. A 15-year-old suffered serious head injuries. Police are continuing to investigate.
If you have information about any of these incidents you are urged to call police at 250-561-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.