Canadian police have arrested a man suspected of illegally “jumping” the border into Canada near the Aldergrove Border Crossing around 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, according to Langley Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Langley RCMP report they arrested a 49-year-old Langley man who was known to police and was suspected of crossing into Canada from Washington on a motorcycle, after an hours-long search.
The man, who was not identified by police, crossed the border near Lynden and was followed by a helicopter to the Willowbrook Shopping Centre, where Langley RCMP and local police searched for him, RCMP reports.
He ran into the mall, leaving behind his motorcycle, which was stolen from Abbotsford, B.C., with plates stolen from Surrey, B.C., according to RCMP.
Officers apparently identified the man as someone they had dealt with before, and went to his house, according to RCMP.
Officers saw the man get into a vehicle with a woman, who drove a short distance before police pulled them over and arrested the man without incident, RCMP reports.
“No weapons were found in his possession when he was arrested,” an RCMP news release said.
Canadian police initially reported that two men on two motorcycles tried to jump the border, but it appears there was no second motorcyclist related to the man arrested in B.C.
Around the same time the man crossed into Canada, a Lynden police officer was looking for the alleged border jumper when another motorcyclist refused to stop for a police officer on Double Ditch Road, said Lynden Police Chief Jack Foster.
The man, Andrew Phillip Navis, 25, was arrested at gunpoint after about a two-minute chase that ended after he set down his bike at the south end of Double Ditch, according to Lynden police.
Navis’ arrest was “absolutely not related” to the man who crossed into Canada, Foster said.
“He didn’t want to get caught with a suspended license,” Foster said of Navis, whose appearance had matched the description of the man Border Patrol were looking for. “Our guy could prove where he had been, and he hadn’t been up by the border. He just happened to look like the guy.”
Navis faces charges of attempting to elude a police vehicle, carrying a concealed pistol without a permit and driving with a suspended license.