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Long history with the law

A man who barricaded himself inside his home with a weapon, Sunday, at Barona Beach Resort has been charged with assaulting a person with a weapon.

Michael Paul Grant has been charged with assault with a weapon, aggravated assault and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle in an incident that unfolded in West Kelowna on Saturday.

Residents living at the 160-unit apartment building were forced to stay inside or were not allowed to return home as police swarmed the building located off Pritchard Drive.

RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said a standoff ensued with a 35-year-old distraught man. Police took him into custody Sunday night.

Charges have not been laid from the Sunday night incident, but could come at a later date.

Grant is also known under the aliases Michael Arpen and Michael Arpin.

An anonymous tipster tells Castanet the man posted a note on Facebook before the incident in a distraught mental state. The account has since been taken down.

Grant appeared in court Monday on the charges related to the Saturday incident. He remains in custody and is expected to appear in court on Nov. 20 for a bail hearing.

Grant has a long list of run-ins with the law over the past decade, including possession of stolen property under $5,000 and assault with a weapon in March 2000. He spent three months in jail for the stolen property and one month for the assault.

He committed a break and enter in Westbank in 2000 and served six months in jail. In 2001, he was charged with a breaking and entering, possession of stolen property and served a year in jail.

In 2006, Grant spent 16 months in jail after being in possession of stolen property over $5,000 and another 12 months for committing fraud in Kelowna.



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