Grand Forks RCMP arrest male folllowing early morning standoff
Grand Forks RCMP said that a 32-year-old man found in a stolen vehicle was arrested early Monday in a high risk take down.
RCMP said in a media release that just after 5:20 a.m. on February 28, 2022, officers were advised of an alarm to a business on the 2900 block of Central Avenue.
While the first officer was attending, police were updated that a stolen 2021 Jeep Cherokee out of Cranbrook was being tracked and showing to be in the same area.
A second officer was dispatched to attend the area.
“It had appeared that the suspect in the stolen vehicle had just broken into the business but left just prior to officers attending,” the RCMP media release said.
RCMP said both officers began receiving live updates through dispatch, who was speaking directly with a call taker from Sirus XM, the tracker of the stolen vehicle.
Police said the vehicle eventually came to a stop in a parking lot on the 7300 block of 6th Street where officers blocked the stolen vehicle in and located a suspect inside the Jeep.
“The man refused to exit the vehicle initially, and Mounties began negotiating with him,” RCMP said.
“At one point during the standoff, the man tried to drive through the two police cars that was blocking his exit but was unsuccessful.”
Following 20 minutes of negotiating, the man exited the stolen vehicle and was taken into custody without further incident.
“This was an excellent, coordinated response by Grand Forks officers and their dispatch in successfully tracking and apprehending the suspect,” said Detachment Commander Sergeant Darryl Peppler.
“This had the potential to get out of hand, but the quick actions by the officers prevented any harm to anyone or any further damage.”
RCMP said Kyle Richard Pace of Lethbridge, Alberta has been charged with a variety of offences, including:
• Possession of Stolen Property over $5000
• Break, Enter and Theft
• Flight/Flee from Police
Cranbrook RCMP will continue their criminal investigation as the suspect is alleged to have stolen the vehicle from that community the previous night.
Pace is currently being held at the Grand Forks Detachment for a Bail Hearing.