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A Richmond man in his early 40s was arrested in a Seafair home late Wednesday afternoon after a young woman who had been assaulted managed to escape her captor.
The investigation into the incident led to a brief hold-and-secure protocol being initiated at Dixon Elementary School, a short distance from where the suspect was ultimately arrested.
This all started Wednesday morning when, according to police, the distraught victim approached by foot a Good Samaritan in a vehicle near the west end of Williams Road around 8:30 a.m.
She said she’d been assaulted and managed to escape her captor.
The victim was taken by the Good Samaritan to Dixon Elementary School, where she was met by Richmond Mounties.
From there, investigators were eventually able to locate the home where they suspected the woman had been held, on the 3000 block of Jesmond Avenue.
The home was secured, with more than half a dozen police cruisers blocking traffic in the residential area.
Shortly before 4 p.m., officers were able to negotiate with the man at the residence, and he surrendered.
According to neighbours, Richmond Mounties used a bullhorn to call to him in the newer residence, saying: “This is the police. Come out with your hands up,” the neighbours said.
Richmond RCMP are continuing their investigation and as of 9 p.m. Wednesday were still securing the residence.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 or email Richmond_Tips@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Anonymous tips can be left by calling Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.