PORT McNEILL – An armed man who held off RCMP for more than nine hours Tuesday faces a dozen charges.
Charges against Trevor Ryan Vandervalk of Port McNeill include theft, assault with a weapon, uttering threats, three firearms charges, weapons charges, breaking and entering, and mischief.
Vandervalk was arrested about 8:30 p.m. Feb. 8 after an all-day stand off ended peacefully. He appeared before a justice Feb. 9 to have the charges sworn. He remains in custody in Port Hardy until his first court date scheduled for Feb. 15, said an RCMP press release.
Some of the charges relate to alleged offenses at a separate residence on Mine Road in Port McNeill earlier in the day on Feb. 8, prior to the police stand off. During this altercation, it is alleged that Vandervalk retrieved a firearm belonging to the male resident of the home, uttered threats, assaulted him, and fled. The alleged victim was not seriously injured.
Residents then reported a man riding a bike in the community while in possession of a rifle.
Vandervalk, aged 32, is known to police and was under a firearms prohibition and on probation at the time of these alleged offenses.
Police caught up with Vandervalk after he had already entered his girlfriend’s home at Unit 24 in the Kaleva Gardens townhouse complex at the end of Broughton Boulevard in Port McNeill.
Officers from Port Hardy RCMP, the North Island RCMP Emergency Response Team, and RCMP Police Dog Service responded to the incident.
Officers cordoned off the area around the complex. One teenager was at home alone in the same block of townhouses, just three doors down from where the gunman was holed up. Police went in about 3 p.m. and got the girl out, reuniting her with her mother. All other residents of the townhouses were evacuated shortly afterward.
All three schools in the community, two elementary schools and one high school, were locked down until school dismissed. Both North Island Secondary and Sunset Elementary are within two blocks of the townhouse complex.
Port McNeill is a small community of 2,500 located 50 km south of Port Hardy on Vancouver Island.