SURREY, B.C. - A Whatcom County man sought by police on suspicion of threatening and trying to harm his girlfriend was taken into custody by Canadian Customs and Border Security late Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 4.
Stephen Earl Sivo, 32, was arrested on a Canadian warrant for unlawfully entering the country. He was arrested while leaving a Surrey residence police had been monitoring for about a week thanks to tips from the public Sivo might be inside.
The Whatcom County Sheriff's Office believes Sivo was assisted by several Whatcom County people, including someone who dropped him off near Peace Arch State Park, where it is believed he walked into Canada illegally on Aug. 29, Sheriff Bill Elfo said.
Sivo was sought on suspicion of several charges, including assault, harassment and reckless endangerment. The incidents occurred in August and involved his 22-year-old girlfriend. Among the accusations: he made intimidating threats and threw a knife at her, according to the sheriff's office.
In another incident on Aug. 22, Sivo is accused of driving with his girlfriend in the passenger seat, accelerating to 90 to 95 mph on Interstate 5 near Birch Bay-Lynden Road, and suddenly applying the emergency brake, causing the vehicle to spin out onto the median strip, according to the sheriff's office.
Sivo pleaded guilty to vehicular assault after using the same technique in 2010 while angry with a former girlfriend. In that instance, he caused the vehicle to roll; the crash broke the woman's back and left her with permanent injuries, according to the sheriff's office.
Sivo also has served a prison sentence for manslaughter for striking and killing Melvin Bass, 42, from behind with a baseball bat in August 2000 in the Kendall area.
He remains in custody of the RCMP on the unlawful entry charge, Elfo said. Those cases generally end in deportation, but it is unknown how long that process will take, Elfo said.
The sheriff's office will continue its investigation and could arrest anyone who offered Sivo assistance in escaping law enforcement, Elfo said.
The Canadian agency that made the arrest was corrected Sept. 6, 2012.
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