Man with knife, found hiding in attic, arrested by Abbotsford Police

A 34-year-old man has been sent to hospital for mental evaluation after a two-hour stand off took place Friday afternoon.
Abbotsford Police were called out to Sandpiper Drive after receiving reports of a shirtless man chasing people with a knife.
When police arrived on scene, they were informed the suspect had run into a house on Sandpiper.

  • Jan. 31, 2011 4:00 p.m.
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A 34-year-old man has been sent to hospital for mental evaluation after a two-hour stand off took place Friday afternoon.

Abbotsford Police were called out to Sandpiper Drive after receiving reports of a shirtless man chasing people with a knife.

When police arrived on scene, they were informed the suspect had run into a house on Sandpiper.

“The resident family was very cooperative … they told us he’s in the attic,” said Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald, who would not confirm if the house was the suspect’s home.

The police cleared the residence and began to negotiate with the man to give himself up.

After police opened the hatch to the attic, the man began to respond to officers and eventually gave himself up. He was placed in custody without incident.

Police recovered “what appeared to be a steak knife” from the man who had several “apparently self-inflicted” cuts on his arms. No other injuries have been reported.

MacDonald said the suspect has had dealing with both the Abbotsford and Surrey police in the past.

His name has not been released.