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Attempted murder charge

A 44-year-old man is facing 13 criminal charges after a fire and alleged attack at the Langley, B.C., home of his estranged wife.

RCMP Cpl. Holly Marks says the charges against Andre Richard include attempted murder, arson, break and enter, assault and breach of recognizance.

Police were called to the burning home early Wednesday morning.

They allege the woman was assaulted with a weapon, and when her daughter tried to intervene, she, too was struck.

Richard was arrested on Thursday in the east Kootenay community of Fernie, about 900 kilometres east of Langley.

Police say the suspect is expected to appear in Surrey provincial court on Monday.

The Canadian Press

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