RCMP arrest prolific offender following chase in Creston
RCMP needed the Southeast District Emergency Response and Containment Teams as well as Police Dog Services to take down a suspect during an arrest earlier this month in the Creston Valley.
RCMP said that on Wednesday, January 10, police were investigating the report of an alleged incident where a man committed a violent assault against a woman.
Police identified the suspect as Clark Hills, who is very well known to police.
“The Southeast District Emergency Response and Containment Teams were present in the Creston Valley on other matters and it was determined that they would be utilized to assist with surveillance and the locating of Hills,” the RCMP media release said.
Police said while conducting a surveillance operation, the suspect was located and challenged by police but the man fled on foot into a residential area near 12th Ave and Alder Street in Creston.
RCMP Police Dog Services were in the area and called in to assist with tracking the man.
“After a short track with the police dog, the suspect was located hiding in a bystander’s outbuilding,” RCMP said.
“The suspect continued to be uncooperative and failed to comply with demands to improve the safety of the situation. Subsequently, the suspect was contacted by the police dog until compliance was gained. The suspect was transported to hospital for treatment of minor injuries related to the dog contact, and was subsequently lodged in RCMP cells.
Clark Patrick Hills, 50, of Creston, has been charged with Assault Causing Bodily Harm. Hills was taken before a Provincial Court Judge for the purposes of bail, and was released from custody by the courts. Hills is bound by numerous release conditions including not being in Creston or anywhere within a 50 km radius of the Town of Creston.
This was a dynamic arrest of an individual that has an extensive history violence and fleeing from Police,” said S/Sgt Brandon Buliziuk, Creston RCMP Commander.
“It was in the absolute interest of the public to get Hills off the streets and into custody. His subsequent release on bail was not the outcome police were hoping for, but his ‘No Go’ Creston condition will help to alleviate public safety concerns associated to his behaviour in the Creston Valley. We are once again grateful for the assistance brought by ERT and Police Dog Services.