Iqaluit man faces new charge following standoff with police

Russell Muckpah, 31, charged with unlawful confinement

An unmarked police truck blocks off Imiqtarviminiq Street on the morning of Nov. 13, during a standoff that led to the arrest of 31-year-old Russell Muckpah. (Photo by Dustin Patar)

By Nunatsiaq News

The Iqaluit man arrested last Friday, after a 10-hour standoff with police, has been charged with unlawful confinement, an RCMP spokesperson said on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

That’s in addition to charges of assault, possession of a weapon and failure to comply with release orders. Those other charges were announced by the RCMP following the man’s arrest. The man, 31-year-old Russell Muckpah, may face more charges, pending an investigation, the spokesperson said.

On Nov. 13, shortly after 7 a.m., police were called to disturbance at a home in the 4100 area of Imiqtarviminiq Street. A man was threatening occupants of the residence with a knife, police said a news release.

The Nunavut RCMP critical incident team, including a containment team and crisis negotiators, brought the incident to a peaceful resolution just before 6 p.m.

Muckpah was remanded back into custody after he appeared before the court on Saturday, Nov. 14. His bail hearing is scheduled for Dec. 1.

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