Andre Harvey Richard arrested in connection with attack on family
RCMP say Richard arrested near Fernie, B.C. after motorist reported erratic driving
Andre Harvey Richard, the 44-year-old man wanted in connection with a violent attack on his family in their home early Wednesday morning, has been arrested in southeastern B.C. near the small community of Fernie.
Langley RCMP Cpl. Holly Marks said Richard was pulled over at 9:30 a.m. PT after police received a report of an erratic, possibly impaired driver. The complainant followed Richard's minivan until it came to a stop. The vehicle is the same one shown in a photo released earlier by police.
Marks said Richard got out of the van and went into the roadside bush. A crime negotiator was called to the scene and Richard was taken into custody shortly afterward.
Richard was being sought after his estranged wife and his stepdaughter were attacked in their home in the Vancouver suburb of Langley, B.C.
Marks said Richard breached an order not to contact his wife when he entered the family home. CBC News has learned the woman was in family court the day before the attack.
She and her two children were taken to hospital after escaping the fire that gutted the house in the 19600 block of Wakefield Drive just after 1 a.m. PT.
Police said a man broke into the home and set the fire before going into the woman's bedroom and assaulting her with a weapon.
Woman hit in head
Marks said it was a violent assault.
"The mother was hit in and about the head with a weapon and sustained some fairly significant lacerations, and she remains in hospital at this point," said Marks.
"The daughter who attempted to intervene was also struck with the weapon."
The mother, her 14-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son managed to escape, running outside to a neighbour’s house before their home was engulfed in flames.
The mom is still in hospital, but her daughter is set to be released. Police said the family is recovering well from the injuries sustained in the attack.
Charges are expected to be laid within 24 hours, but police haven't yet said what they will be.
With files from the CBC's Tim Weekes and Farrah Merali