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Bizarre arson and assault

A series of events in the Lower Mainland last night has led to the Langley RCMP Serious Crime Unit taking control of an attempted murder investigation.

Police were called to a residence in the 19600 block of Wakefield Drive early this morning after a mother and her two children were forced to flee a fire in their home.

According to Cpl. Holly Marks of the Langley RCMP, authorities believe the woman’s estranged husband had broken in and started the fire, before entering his wife’s bedroom and assaulting her with a weapon. The woman’s daughter tried to intervene but was also struck with the weapon.

The woman, her daughter and son were able to escape the residence before it became fully engulfed in flames. It is unknown if the male suspect made it out.

Langley Township Fire Department has completed a primary search, but a complete search will not be possible until the house has cooled and firefighters can safely enter.

“The suspect, a 44-year-old Langley man, is known to police for previous domestic violence occurrences and is currently, in police terms, ‘arrestable’ for last night’s attempted murder,” says Marks.

Police are searching for the man and the investigation is still ongoing.

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