Vernon and North Okanagan
Stepping up to help a cop brings praise
Oct 21, 2013 / 2:56 pm
Two Vernon men who assisted an officer in distress were singled out for their efforts by Vernon RCMP Monday.
Andy Wilkie and Adrian Wilkene assisted an RCMP member who was attempting to arrest a suspect in the parking lot of the Green Valley Motel.
The incident in question occurred on Oct 15 and began as a disturbance call at Bannister's GM about 2:30 p.m.
RCMP spokesman, Gord Molendyk, says a local man, known to police, began uttering death threats to employees when he was denied the opportunity to test drive a high end vehicle.
"He then attended a second business and started yelling at the staff and customers there," says Molendyk.
"One of our officers was conducting inquiries near the Green Valley Motel when the 29-year-old suspect walked into the parking lot. The officer advised the suspect he was under arrest, however, he refused to come cooperatively."
Molendyk says both men fell to the ground during a struggle. The suspect continued to try and get free.
"Two females then came down from the Green Valley Motel and began to intervene. One female was grabbing at our officers' hands and the other grabbed at his face," says Molendyk.
Wilkie and Wilkene were driving by the area, contacted 911 and pulled their commercial vehicle into the parking lot to offer assistance.
"One of them got between the two females in order to afford our officer protection and the second man restrained the legs of the suspect male," says Molendyk.
"Our officers were dispatched to attend and render further assistance and a short while later arrived on the scene and the three suspects were taken into custody."
Molendyk says the male, also wanted on outstanding warrants in Alberta, has been remanded in custody until Oct 23.
He is expecting to face charges of causing a disturbance and resisting arrest.
The two female suspects, age 39 and 52, were released on a Promise to Appear at a later date.
"The officer involved in this arrest wishes to thank the two men who stepped in to assist him," says Molendyk.
"This story is about two individuals that stepped up to assist an officer in trouble. As a police force we rely on the citizens of our community to keep it safe. We cannot do it without them and here is an example where two did just that little extra to assist us."
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