Lynn Valley man charged after armed standoff

A North Vancouver man is now facing charges following an armed police standoff in Lynn Valley Friday afternoon.

North Vancouver RCMP closed off Lynn Valley Road between Highway 1 and William Avenue just after 1 p.m. on Jan. 10 after a man reported his downstairs neighbour was armed with a gun and acting erratically, according to Sgt. Peter DeVries, North Vancouver RCMP spokesman.

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RCMP members went to the home where they had “limited success” speaking with the suspect but couldn’t get him to surrender. Officers then called a crisis negotiator and the RCMP’s emergency response team who dealt with the suspect barricaded inside just before 6 p.m.

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A Lower Mainland emergency response team member on the scene Friday. photo supplied Mitchell Martin

“Negotiations to have him come out were unsuccessful and ultimately the emergency response team were able to take him into custody,” DeVries said.

Witnesses reported hearing loud bangs at the time, though DeVries said no shots were fired.

The suspect had a BB gun that looked like a real pistol, according to DeVries.

On Monday, the Crown swore charges of uttering threats and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose against Alexander Dinu Tanasescu, 37.

He appeared at a bail hearing on Tuesday but has been kept in custody pending his next appearance next week while courts determine whether he is fit to stand trial.

Tanasescu, who lived alone in the basement suite, has also been given a peace bond ordering him not to have any contact with the man he is accused of threatening.

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