Suspect gets stuck in sump pit, Portage RCMP rescue and arrest

Portage la Prairie, Manitoba – On October 11, 2020, just after 8:30 am, Portage la Prairie RCMP received a report of an adult male who had entered a residence on Westco Drive in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba and was threatening the occupants. The homeowner was able to get the suspect to exit the residence, and the suspect was last seen heading west through a field. The description of the suspect matched an incident from earlier in the day, when a male suspect fled from police in relation to an assault that had occurred.

Investigation led police to a residence on Baker Avenue in search of a 25-year-old male suspect. Upon arrival at the location, police discovered the suspect had entered a tunnel under the house in an attempt to evade arrest. The suspect stated he had a weapon. At that point, the RCMP Emergency Response Team was called to attend.

Suspect's legs sticking out of the tunnel into the sump pit
(RCMP) Suspect’s legs sticking out of the tunnel into the sump pit

It was determined by ERT that the suspect was not armed. Officers located a sump pit outside the residence where there was access to the tunnel under the house. Inside the pit, the suspect’s legs were visible, and police realized the suspect was stuck in the tunnel.

Police were able to extricate the suspect from the tunnel, and he was taken into custody. He is facing charges of Break and Enter, Uttering Threats, and Resisting Arrest. He is also facing an Assault charge for the previous incident. He was remanded into custody.

Portage la Prairie RCMP

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