Two off-duty RCMP officers nab would-be thief

RCMP officers suffer frost bite after lengthy struggle with suspect in their bare feet.

Two off-duty RCMP officers nabbed a would-be car thief in Chilliwack early Sunday morning putting themselves in harm’s way.

Police said one of the officers, Staff Sgt. Suki Manj, was on the phone and looking out the front window of his residence when he saw a man riding a bike pull into his driveway at about 5:20 a.m. and start breaking into his truck.

“Despite being only in shorts, the officer left his residence in minus 5-degree temperatures to confront the would-be thief,” RCMP Const. Tracy Wolbeck said.

After a “lengthy struggle” with the suspect, she said, Manj asked his wife, Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth, who was also off-duty, to get help.

“Neighbours began coming out of their homes to assist the officers,” Wolbeck said, and uniformed police officers soon arrived to arrest a 25-year-old Chilliwack man.

Both officers suffered frost-bite to their feet, Wolbeck said, and Manj suffered “severely pulled back muscles” from his struggle with the suspect.

The suspect was released from custody and returns to court in February.

Wolbeck said the public has high expectations of RCMP officers and “this is an example of that expectation being met.”

“These officers confronted the suspect, despite the potential danger to themselves,” she said.

Manj and Hollingsworth thanked their neighbours for coming to their aid and for putting themselves in harms way.

Last month, another off-duty RCMP officer in Chilliwack nabbed a suspect in a property offense.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

School board elects officers, heads in to 2020-21 school year

Robert Reyerse has been the Chamber’s exec. director for 12 years

Volunteer cleaning crew using elbow grease to improve downtown Chilliwack

Sunday morning cleaning sessions tackle drug mess, excrement, chipping paint around business area

Purple Light Nights approaches in Agassiz-Harrison

The movement aims to shed light on domestic violence, abuse

Which riding do you live in — Chilliwack or Chilliwack-Kent?

Understanding one small and condensed riding vs. one large and sprawling riding

Police seek assistance locating missing Hope teen, last seen near Agassiz

RCMP say Jada Charlie-Carlson was last seen Monday in the 61000 block of Lougheed Highway

B.C. counts 125 new COVID-19 cases, up to 1,284 active

No new deaths or health care facility outbreaks

Health Canada green-lights rapid COVID-19 test

Health Canada approved the BCube test from Hyris Ltd. in the United Kingdom Sept. 23

First Nations Health Authority chief medical officer concerned with rising COVID-19 cases

“There’s still so much we don’t know and we’re learning everyday about this particular virus.”

FINLAYSON: COVID-related job losses concentrated in urban areas… especially Metro Vancouver

The biggest job losses, in absolute terms, have been in Metro Vancouver

6 puppies rescued in mass seizure on Princeton farm die from illness: BC SPCA

Of the 97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized, most of the puppies suffered from parvo

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

U.S. boater fined $1,000 for violation of Quarantine Act

49-year-old man entered Canada to visit girlfriend in Surrey

More sex abuse charges laid against B.C. man who went by ‘Doctor Ray Gaglardi’

Investigators now focussing efforts on alleged victims within the Glad Tidings Church community

Most Read