Suspect in custody

Alanna Kelly

UPDATE: 9:50 p.m.

One man is in police custody after a crime spree in the Arab Road area on Monday afternoon led to a lengthy standoff between RCMP and a suspect on Bryden Road.

A man was taken into custody shortly before 9:30 p.m. just moments after police deployed two flash bangs.

Events began unfolding about 4 p.m. in the 100 block of Arab Road when a property owner was reportedly stabbed when he confronted the suspect.

Moments later, the suspect allegedly carjacked a vehicle and fled the area.

Both the stabbing victim and the female driver were taken to hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

“Kelowna RCMP front line officers spotted the stolen vehicle and with public safety in mind, engaged in attempts to stop the vehicle,” says Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.

“The suspect abandoned the stolen vehicle after it collided with a fire hydrant on Bryden Road near Highway 33. Officers chased the suspect on foot, who ran into and barricaded himself inside an empty nearby home.”‎

The vehicle involved in the chase was abandoned in a construction site. It has since been towed away.

- with files from Wayne Moore.

UPDATE: 9:25 p.m.

A police standoff on Bryden Road may be coming to an end.

Castanet reporter Alanna Kelly reported hearing two loud flash bangs, followed by several moments of silence.

Within minutes, she said police had brought out a man in handcuffs and placed him in the back of a police cruiser.

More details when they become available.

UPDATE: 7:20 p.m.

The RCMPs Emergency Response Team has arrived at the scene of what is being described as a police incident at a home on Bryden Road in Rutland.

Police, with guns drawn, have had the home surrounded since just after 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Officers at the scene have been tight-lipped as to what exactly prompted an earlier police chase and the current situation.

Requests have been put in for more information.

Residents in the area have not been evacuated from their homes.

UPDATE: 5:50 p.m.

A dramatic scene is unfolding in Rutland in the area around Highway 33 and Bryden Road.

Events began unfolding about 4:30 p.m. Monday, when residents in the area said they saw a police helicopter circling the area.

More witnesses said they say a vehicle speeding up Highway 33, weaving in and out of traffic, before crashing into a fire hydrant next to a construction site at Bryden.

The suspect apparently fled the vehicle.

Police and fire crews are combing the area around the vehicle while a number of other police officers, with guns drawn, have descended upon a home on Bryden Road.

RCMP have yet to confirm any details surrounding the incident.

ORIGINAL 4:45 p.m.

An RCMP helicopter is circling above Highway 33 as a hydrant shoots water into the sky on Monday afternoon.

Tipsters have contacted Castanet saying a helicopter is flying above Highway 33 in the area around Gerstmar Road.

Photographs from the scene show an RCMP police cruiser parked in front of the hydrant.

Another witness says police were chasing a vehicle when it ran over the hydrant at the intersection of the highway and Bryden.

Castanet has a reporter heading to the scene.

We'll have more information as it becomes available.

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