After fleeing police and getting stuck in a tunnel underneath a local residence, Portage la Prairie RCMP arrested a male suspect in connection to a break and enter investigation.

On October 11, 2020, just after 8:30am, Portage la Prairie RCMP received a report of an adult male who entered a local residence and had threatened the occupants. The residence was located on Westco Drive in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.

Police say that the homeowner was able to get the male suspect to exit the residence, noting that he was last seen heading west through a field.

The description of the suspect matched an incident from earlier in the day, when a male suspect fled from police in relation to an assault that had occurred. Investigation led police to a residence on Baker Avenue in search of the suspect. Upon arrival at the location, officers discovered the suspect had entered a tunnel under the house in an attempt to evade arrest.

RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT) was called to attend the scene after learning that the suspect stated he had a weapon. It was determined by ERT that the suspect was not armed. Officers then located a sump pit outside the residence where there was access to the tunnel under the house. Inside the pit, the suspect’s legs were visible, and police realized the suspect was stuck in the tunnel.

Police were able to extricate the suspect from the tunnel. The suspect was then arrested and is facing charges of break and enter, uttering threats and resisting arrest. He is also facing an assault charge for the previous incident.