Charges laid in relation to police standoff on Riverside Road

Man and woman charged in connection to incident that occurred Nov. 23 in Abbotsford

Jenny Barnsdale and Jason McGraw

A man and a woman have been charged in relation to a police standoff last Wednesday morning on Riverside Road in Abbotsford.

Jason Mark Joseph McGraw, 34, and Jenny Lea Barnsdale, 40 – both of no fixed address – have each been charged with possession of stolen property and break-and-enter.

McGraw has also been charged with possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

The incident began with reports of a vehicle being driven erratically on Highway 1 at about 8 a.m. and then crashing twice – the first time into an SUV near the intersection of Lonzo Road and Sumas Way in Abbotsford, and the second time into a cement barricade on Lonzo Road near Walmart.

The vehicle was later confirmed to have been stolen from Vernon.

The car’s two occupants then fled on foot into a home on Riverside Road. A police dog unit tracked them to the residence, and they initially refused to come out.

A man came out of the house at about 9:45 a.m. and had a pistol in his hand, which he dropped to the ground. He initially complied with police orders to crawl on the ground, but then stood up and refused to follow further commands.

He was subdued by two rounds from an Arwen projectile gun and was taken into custody. The pistol was determined to be a replica.

Police soon determined that the woman had suffered injuries in the two crashes, and she was taken out of the home at about 10:45 a.m. She was taken to hospital for treatment and was then released into police custody.

McGraw also faces six charges in Kelowna related to alleged offences on Oct. 16, according to the provincial court database.

Those charges include possession of a controlled substance, possession of a weapon obtained through an offence, possession of an unauthorized firearm and three counts of possession of stolen property.

Barnsdale also faces two charges from Aug. 24 in Saanich, including possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of an unauthorized non-firearm.

 

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