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POLICE BEAT: Midway detachment and cruiser hit by flaming bottle bomb

A 43 year-old man from Grand Forks is in custody after the Midway RCMP detachment and police cruiser was damaged by a flaming bottle bomb at 12:10 a.m. on Monday, June 18.

An RCMP officer was startled during the night shift when he saw a bright flash outside the window of the detachment, said Grand Forks RCMP staff sergeant Jim Harrison.

According to a RCMP press release, the officer heard "a loud noise and saw a bright flash where something appeared to have hit the office window".

When the officer looked outside to investigate he saw a man pick up a flaming bottle, that was believed to have been what caused the noise that alerted the officer, and throw it at the parked and unoccupied police cruiser.

The bottle broke and the contents lit the surface of the vehicle on fire. When the officer went to confront the man, the suspect jumped into a running vehicle parked close by.

According to Kootenay Boundary Regional RCMP detachment staff sergeant Dan Seibel, the officer was able to get a licence plate of the fleeing vehicle, call for assistance and extinguish the fire. He said that unfortunately the officers were initially unable to locate the suspect or vehicle.

By 7:20 a.m. RCMP had the suspect in custody after apprehending him in Midway.

"Due to the quick actions by the Midway RCMP officer there was only minor damage to the detachment building and police vehicle," said Seibel in a press release. "However, should the Molotov cocktail have gone through the window into the detachment office, a significant fire could have quickly started that could have resulted in potential injuries to the officer as well as major damage or loss of the police building."

The police vehicle sustained some fire damage to the paint.

The suspect remains in custody and is waiting to be formally charged with arson and endangering a life, said Harrison.

The investigation continues.

Two people terrorized by three masked robbers

Three masked men were arrested for robbing and damaging a camper and truck during an incident on 68th Avenue in Grand Forks.

Police were called to a robbery at a truck and camper where two people are living behind a home on 68th Avenue, at 2:01 a.m. on Friday, June 15.

The camper residents had been sleeping when three masked men knocked on the camper demanding money, said Grand Forks RCMP staff sergeant Jim Harrison. The trio then proceeded to smash the windows of the camper and smash the truck.

"(The victims) ultimately gave them some cash and the (suspects) fled the scene," said Harrison.

The three 27 year-old men are from Christina Lake, Grand Forks and Calgary, Alberta. Police apprehended the suspects about five hours later in Grand Forks.

They face multiple charges including uttering threats, the break and enter of a residence, wearing a disguise with intent and robbery. They were released on bail and will return to court on July 19.