A 34-year-old Port Coquitlam man is facing a total of 21 charges after being arrested, following an investigation that began late last month.
“Since March 28, 2020, The RCMP’s Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU), the Ridge Meadows RCMP’s Road Safety Target Team (RSTT) and Ridge Meadows SEU police officers have all had numerous interactions with a Black Mazda sedan,” said Ridge Meadows RCMP in a release.
The driver of the vehicle “engaged in high rates of speed to evade police. Out of concern for public safety, no police pursuits occurred.”
Then, on April 16, Ridge Meadows RCMP officers located the same black Mazda at a residence in the 2600 block of Port Coquitlam.
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Later that day, “when an opportunity presented itself, the man was safely arrested in the 3900 block area of Kingsway in Burnaby,” police said. A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of firearms and ammunition.
On April 17, the suspect, Christian Carlo Santos, was charged by way of indictment for the following offences:
- Nine counts of failure to comply with conditions of his release order
- Three counts of failure to comply with probation order
- One count of possessing identity documents relating to other persons
- One count of possession of mail and keys
- One count of willful obstruction of a police officer in the execution of their duties
- One count of possession of a firearm and ammunition while he was prohibited to do so
- One count of possession of a firearm that he knew was obtained by the commission of an offence
- One count of carrying, handling, shipping, transporting, or storing a fire arm, prohibited weapon, prohibited device or ammunition in a careless manner
- One count of possession of an unloaded prohibited or restricted firearm, with readily accessible ammunition capable or being discharged in the firearm, without proper licence or registration
- One count of possession of a prohibited weapon, prohibited device, or prohibited ammunition, oversized magazine, knowing that he was not the holder of the licence to possess it
- One count of occupying a vehicle knowing there was a prohibited firearm, restricted firearm or non-restricted firearm, prohibited weapon, prohibited device other than a replica firearm, or prohibited ammunition, in the vehicle
“The safety of the public and our officers is always the most important priority for police,” said Ridge Meadows RCMP Const. Julie Klaussner. “Police knew they would get their suspect and, as this example shows, the investigation ultimately led to identifying the driver of the black Mazda and arresting the suspect when it was safe to do so, all while prioritizing public safety.”
Santos is remanded in custody until May 20, 2020, pending his next court date.