THREE suspects are in custody while the RCMP continue their investigation of a home invasion from over the weekend.
On March 23, around 5:30 a.m., RCMP received a call to report three individuals impersonating police officers had broken into a home and restrained a resident in the 5100-block of Falls Court. Chilliwack general duty officers and the Lower Mainland District Integrated Police Dog Section (IPDS) immediately responded to the address as a white SUV with three occupants was driving away.
A spike belt deployed by officers failed to stop the suspect SUV which also collided with a police vehicle before travelling onto Highway 1. The badly damaged SUV covered a short distance heading westbound in the eastbound highway lanes until it came to a rest after crashing into a highway median.
“Police cordoned off the area surrounding the crash site, containing the movement of the suspects who had left the vehicle to within a secure perimeter,” said Staff-Sgt. Jeff Scott on Tuesday.
Three suspects were promptly located. The first individual was taken into custody at the wreck by the IPDS, the second was caught after a brief foot chase, and the third was located hiding in nearby bushes.
Chilliwack General Investigation Support Team (GIST) officers supported by Chilliwack Serious Crime Unit (SCU), and the Lower Mainland Integrated Forensic Identification Section (IFIS) continue to examine evidence gathered as they pursue all leads in their investigation of the home invasion.
RCMP investigators believe the incident was targeted.
“Fortunately no one was injured,” said Cpl. Mike Rail, UFVRD Media Relations Officer. “Chilliwack RCMP thank the motoring public on Highway 1 for their patience during the traffic delays caused as police dealt with a very dangerous incident”.
RCMP urge anyone with information regarding this investigation to call them at 604-792-4611 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).