On July 29th, 2013 at approximate 4:20 pm, NWPD patrol members were dispatched to the 500 block of 16th Street after receiving multiple 911 calls about a male assaulting a female at that location. Upon arrival, NWPD members located the female victim, but it was determined the male suspect had fled on foot. Further investigation revealed that the male had threatened the female, as well as a witness with a large knife before fleeing the scene. It was also determined that the incident was not random and that the male suspect and female victim were involved in some form of personal relationship.
The male suspect was traced to a residence in the 1600 block of 6th Avenue, which was immediately contained by NWPD patrol members. Repeated attempts to contact the male to get him to surrender were unsuccessful so the assistance of the LMD Emergency Response Team was requested. However, prior to their arrival contact was made with the male and he was taken into custody without further incident. The male was then transported back to the NWPD office where members of the Major Crime Unit assumed control over the investigation.
Allen James Klassen, a forty-two year old Surrey resident, was held in custody by police and made his first appearance today in New Westminster Provincial Court. He is currently charged with the following offences:
- One count of Forcible Confinement – Section 279(2) of the Criminal Code
- One count of Breaking and Entering a residence – Section 348(1)a) of the Criminal Code
- Two counts of Assault with a Weapon – Section 267(a) of the Criminal Code
- One count of Uttering Threats – Section 264.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code
Klassen was held in custody and makes another court appearance on July 31st.