FaceTime leads to arrest

Chelsea Powrie

A man in the Ellis Street area of Penticton got the strangest FaceTime call of his life Tuesday night, one that led to the arrest of a wanted man.

Kristopher Marsel was lying in bed around 9 p.m. when his phone rang with a video chat from his upstairs neighbour. 

"When I opened the phone it was her perspective out her back window of a man on drugs jumping on the hood of my car and acting strange," Marsel said. 

He quickly ran upstairs to see out the window for himself, and saw the man running away down the alley, still acting erratically. 

Marsel was concerned about his safety and the safety of his and others' property, so he took some video of the man's erratic behaviour from the window. 

He praised the cops for responding extremely quickly to a call from his neighbours and apprehending the man without incident. 

Marsel was happy to find his car undamaged, but couldn't believe the strangeness of the man's actions. As it turns out, his arrest was a good thing — when police got the man back to the detachment, they discovered an outstanding warrant in his record. 

"He was found to have a warrant out of Calgary, a drug-related warrant, and they've agreed to have him sent back to Calgary," Const. James Grandy of Penticton RCMP.

Marsel posted his bizarre story on social media, and comments flowed in praising the good neighbours for watching out for each other. 

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