Nunavut police subdue hostage-taker who threatened four-year-old
Cape Dorset man, 21, faces nine charges, including attempted murder
RCMP members in Cape Dorset on April 20 disarmed and arrested a 21-year-old knife-wielding man who held a four-year-old child hostage for more than five hours during a blizzard, police said April 22.
The man, who police did not identify to protect the identity of the child, now faces nine charges:
• attempted murder;
• hostage taking;
• assault with a weapon;
• assault with a weapon on a police officer;
• resisting arrest;
• two counts of uttering threats; and,
• two counts of failure to comply with a probation order.
The incident start at about 8 p.m. April 20, during a blizzard, police said, when members of the Cape Dorset RCMP detachment responded to a report of a man making threats against his girlfriend’s four-year-old child.
When police arrived at a residence, the man threatened to kill the child if police intervened.
“The subject had a large knife and was threatening the life of the child,” police said.
He barricaded himself into the house and refused to turn the child over to police and family members.
Police negotiated with the man for five hours, but the man refused to co-operate.
Worried about the child’s safety, police entered, and after an altercation, disarmed the man and arrested him.
They also took the four-year-old to the Cape Dorset health centre as a precaution and the child afterwards was taken into the care of social service workers.
The man is now being held in custody, and will get a remand hearing later April 22, police said.