Police watchdog investigating after kidnapping suspect falls from 11th floor balcony

Jul 6 2019, 2:59 am

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BC’s police watchdog has been tapped to investigate an apparent kidnapping situation in Burnaby yesterday, in which one man fell from the 11th floor of an apartment building.

According to Burnaby RCMP, officers attended to a residence in the 4900-block of Sanders Street, just after 10 pm, where they believed a kidnap victim was being held.

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“When police entered the residence, three men exited over the balcony of the 11th-floor apartment,” police said. “While two men were arrested without incident on lower floors, one man fell to the ground and suffered serious injuries.”

All three men remain in police custody, one of whom remains in hospital.

Now, the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) is investigating the incident to determine whether police actions or inactions are linked to the man’s injuries.

“The Burnaby RCMP will continue to investigate the alleged kidnapping concurrent to the IIO investigation, “said BC RCMP Acting Commanding Officer Eric Stubbs.

He added that the investigation was a “complex and time-sensitive” one that “required numerous resources and coordination.”

The victim was safely located and found physically unharmed, police say.

“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.

As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, police said they will be releasing no further information at this time.

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