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Violent armed robbery suspect apprehended

SIX NATIONS – A collaborative effort between the OPP, Hamilton Regional Police and Six Nations Police culminated in a brief stand-off on First Line Road near Townline Rd., Monday morning involving a violent armed robbery near Welland, which left a family of three in hospital.

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SIX NATIONS –  A collaborative effort between the OPP, Hamilton Regional Police and Six Nations Police culminated in a brief stand-off on First Line Road near Townline Rd., Monday morning involving a violent armed robbery near Welland, which left a family of three in hospital.

First Line Road was closed off by more than a dozen Six Nations, OPP and other unmarked police vehicles at around 9:30 a.m. as police converged on a house located at 46 First Line Rd. After the suspect vehicle crashed near that corner, a lone male was seen running into the house.

After a tense but brief standoff, the suspect, twenty-four-year-old Josh Beaver surrendered to police without incident. An alleged accomplice, Nicholas Hill was arrested earlier.

Early Monday morning, January 13, 2014, at aprox 1:38 a.m., Niagara regional police officers initiated a traffic stop of a stolen vehicle suspected of being involved in a series of three home invasion robberies in the West Lincoln region, but the driver refused to pull over. A brief pursuit was initiated and a spike belt was deployed. Two males fled on foot into the wooded area.

Additional units including a canine team and the helicopter from Erie County were called out for assistance, and at 6 a.m. Niagara Regional Police were called to the area of Hwy #20 and Hwy #24 where one suspect had been apprehended.

According to the police report, three homes were broken into in the area of Hwy #20 in West Lincoln. At the first home, the suspect was confronted by the homeowner and left. In the 2nd home, a mother, father, and son were injured after being assaulted by the suspect. All three went to hospital with serious injuries. In the 3rd home the suspect stole the homeowner’s vehicle after an altercation with homeowner.

In the pursuit, a police vehicle was struck by the suspects’ vehicle near the Hamilton International Airport.

The suspect vehicle was tracked from the air and pursued into the Brantford area. The vehicle entered Six Nations and Six Nations Police joined the pursuit, and followed the vehicle as it traveled eastbound on Townline road. The vehicle ended up leaving the roadway in the area of Mohawk Road and Townline Road. The lone occupant then  fled on foot and was subsequently located inside the First Line home. He turned himself over to Six Nations Police at around 10 a.m. Monday, and was turned over to the Niagara Regional Police Service.

Twenty-four-year-old Josh Beaver and Nicholas Hill are currently under arrest and will be charged with a number of offences in relation to this matter.

There are no outstanding suspects, as earlier reported by CHCH TV.

The investigation continues with the assistance of Waterloo Regional police service, Hamilton Police Services and Six Nations Police.

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Jim Windle

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Jim Windle is a veteran news and sports reporter who has been published in a number of mediums and publications. contact Jim: windlejim@rocketmail.com

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