Thursday, October 6, 2016

RCMP issue warrant and seek man related to Thornhill incident of Wednesday

Update: Terrace RCMP announced on Friday that they had located and arrested Ratchford.

The Terrace RCMP has issued an arrest warrant for a man related to an incident in the Thornhill area on Thursday, seeking the whereabouts of Samuel Kenneth Ratchford.

In a statement released today, the Terrace detachment outlined some of the background to the incident that resulted in the evacuation of a neighbourhood in the community located adjacent to Terrace.

The decision to evacuate the area was made when it came to our attention that a gas stove inside of the residence involved had been left on. This created a public safety concern for the neighbors and our members dealing with the situation. The assistance of the Thornhill Fire Department and Pacific North Gas was greatly appreciated in helping us deal with this concern. --  Sgt. Shawn McLaughlin, Acting OIC Terrace Detachment.

Once it was determined that the residence was safe to enter, the Terrace officers discovered that Ratchford was not on the premises.

While the Terrace detachment is releasing few details on the case file currently underway, they did note that there has been a ongoing investigation related to Mr. Ratchford over the last number of weeks for a number of alleged incidents.

The full media release from the Terrace RCMP can be reviewed here.

Samuel Ratchford is described as 31 years of age, Caucasian, 5' 6" and 181 pounds.  He has brown hair and Blue eyes.

If anyone in the Northwest sees Samuel Ratchford they are asked to
contact their local detachment of the RCMP

The RCMP caution the public that they should not approach him and to contact 911 in their community should he be sighted.

Residents of the Terrace region can contact the detachment at 250-638-7400.

As well if they wish, residents of the Northwest can make use of the anonymity of the Crime Stoppers program by contacting them at 1-800-222-8477.

More items related to Emergency Service files across the Northwest can be found on our archive page.

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