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Man faces charges after Falls police chase

By Don Fraser, St. Catharines Standard

Police responded to the Stamford Kiwanis Court Apartments at 4901 Buckley Ave. in Niagara Falls, on Monday, morning, where a man was held up inside. The suspect was taken into custody.

Police responded to the Stamford Kiwanis Court Apartments at 4901 Buckley Ave. in Niagara Falls, on Monday, morning, where a man was held up inside. The suspect was taken into custody.

A suspect faces numerous charges following a Monday chase that ended in Niagara Falls and began with a Burlington police stop.

A man was ultimately captured without incident by armed police officers after they surrounded an apartment building on Buckley Avenue in Niagara Falls shortly before noon.

At one point, close to 20 police vehicles — both Ontario Provincial Police and Niagara Regional Police — were in the area as police set up a perimeter behind Niagara Falls Public Library, Buckley Towers and the Stamford Kiwanis Court Apartments.

A suspect was seen escorted out of the apartment building at about 11:40 a.m. and placed in the back seat of an OPP cruiser that was parked near a rear door of the building.

OPP Const. Lisa MacIntyre said the incident began at 9:30 a.m. when an officer attempted to stop a vehicle on the QEW at Burloak Drive in Burlington.

That vehicle never stopped and ended up side-swiping the cruiser, causing minor damage.

The officer’s pursuit was “disengaged at that point,” she said. The vehicle was relocated driving along the QEW in St. Catharines. A second police pursuit started and continued into Niagara Falls. One NRP cruiser was damaged.

At the Stamford Kiwanis apartment complex, police and a canine unit reportedly began to arrive not long afterward.

Residents were told they were not allowed to go back into the building, as police were looking for a man who had run into the building.

“A male driver parked the car at an apartment building, went inside and was later arrested and brought back to the OPP Niagara detachment,” MacIntyre said, adding there was no indication the man had weapons.

Lamar Crawford, 22, of Brantford is charged with two counts each of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and flight from police, both Criminal Code offenses.

Crawford is also charged with being unlawfully in a dwelling house, and operating a vehicle without insurance and while under driving suspension.

He was released from custody and is to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines on Sept. 29.

don.fraser@sunmedia.ca



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