Vancouver Police have arrested a suspect in connection with today’s emergency evacuation at Langara College.
Just before noon on April 1, first responders received reports of a suspicious fire on campus. Officers spoke with witnesses and determined that the suspect had allegedly entered the college with “incendiary devices.”
Police say the suspect may have lit one or more fires before fleeing the scene.
At 1:15 pm the school announced that campus was closed for the day and all exams and classes were cancelled.
— Ellie Ann (@the_ellie_ann) April 1, 2019
— Joshua Rey (@JoshuaRey91) April 1, 2019
— ki (@nipihkan) April 1, 2019
— Nathan Gan (@NaganNews) April 1, 2019
— Christina Dommer (@DommerChristina) April 1, 2019
4 emergency vehicles at Langara College, firefighters just entered the T building. pic.twitter.com/M1nG1ah7DS
— Jennifer Blake (@JDBlakereports) April 1, 2019
At first you confirmed only T building needed to be evacuated. Now you are saying everyone needs to leave campus and there are armed police around campus. What is going on? pic.twitter.com/6s6flFWFHP
— justine (@justinetay1) April 1, 2019
Vancouver Police, Vancouver Fire Rescue, BC Ambulance, and staff at Langara College all worked to safely evacuate the campus. There were no reports of injuries.
VPD’s Emergency Response Section searched the campus for any additional hazards and discovered a number of suspicious devices. The search will continue into the evening.
Officers were able to identify the suspect. A man in his 20s was arrested in Surrey by Metro Vancouver Transit Police just after 4 pm. He was turned over to the VPD and is now in custody.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the VPD’s Major Crime Section at 604-717-2541 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.