RCMP say a kidnapping victim was being held inside the Metrotown apartment
One man is hospital and two are in custody following a dramatic police takedown at a Metrotown apartment complex Thursday night.
The Burnaby RCMP and members of RCMP’s Lower Mainland district emergency response team (ERT) were called to the Horizon Towers at 4960 Sanders Street just before 10 p.m.
Police believed a victim of a kidnapping was being held inside an apartment on the building’s 11th floor.
The RCMP says when officers entered the residence, three men leapt off the balcony to evade arrest.
Two of the men were arrested without incident on lower floors, while another fell to the ground and suffered serious injuries.
The Independent Investigations Office of B.C., which investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, have been called in to determine whether police actions or inactions led to the man’s injuries.
Police say the kidnapping victim was found inside the suite and was physically unharmed.
Burnaby RCMP assistant commissioner Eric Stubbs said his officers will continue to investigate the alleged kidnapping concurrent to the IIO’s investigation.
“This was a complex and time-sensitive investigation that required numerous resources and coordination. I am grateful that the victim was located and proud of the work done by our highly skilled and specialized members and employees,” said Stubbs.
Tina Poole, who lives in a first-floor apartment, said she and other residents were alerted to the police action after hearing a small explosion come from inside one of the upper floor apartments.
“It was a loud bang … it woke my mother up. We were told by police that it was a flashbang,” she said.
Flashbangs are explosive distraction devices, also called stun grenades, used by ERT teams.
Poole said she witnessed one man being arrested outside the apartment building and another injured man being treated by an ambulance crew.
“Apparently he jumped from the balcony to try to get away from the police. He landed a few feet from my apartment … there are a lot of broken bushes outside the apartment now,” she said.
“It just makes you wonder who your neighbours are and who they are letting rent here.”
Charges have yet to be laid and no names have been released.
The IIO is asking anyone who witnessed the incident to contact its witness line at 1-855-446-8477.