The resident of the unit had previously received an eviction notice from the ASK Wellness Society, which manages the building for the City of Kamloops
A bomb was seized from a room at the Northbridge Hotel and charges are pending against an unwanted guest arrested on city property over the weekend.
The RCMP Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit (EDU) was called to the 377 Tranquille Rd. Hotel following the discovery on Friday February 18th of what appeared to be a makeshift explosive.
Kamloops RCMP first responded to the North Kamloops property at 4 p.m. to a report of an unwanted guest refusing to leave a unit in the hotel, which houses marginalized people. Police soon learned that the suspect had an improvised explosive device and firearms in the room.
After numerous attempts to get the suspect to surrender, the occupants of the unit eventually left the unit and police arrested two men inside, one of whom was a resident who was quickly released after a further investigation.
Police then evacuated the room, finding two pellet guns and a taped-up object that would have contained the explosive device.
“The scene was secured immediately to address public safety concerns,” said Const. Crystal Evelyn said in a statement. “Residents of nearby units were moved overnight, and RCMP EDU were called in to collect and safely dispose of the item, which was later confirmed to be an explosive.”
The incident appears to have spread through Saturday (February 19), according to a statement on the incident from the ASK Wellness Society.
The nonprofit is temporarily managing the facility for the City of Kamloops, which purchased the property last October for more than $7 million.
At around 12:50 p.m. on February 19, a KTW reporter saw a police tape covering both ends of the building’s westernmost entrance and a single police vehicle parked in the rear parking lot. The police presence and the tape had been removed on Sunday (February 20).
ASK Wellness spokeswoman Andrina Tenisci said building staff raised concerns with police on Friday about criminal activity in the unit.
She said the man arrested by police was staying with a resident of the building.
“This resident had previously received an eviction notice from the ASK Wellness Society,” Tenisci said in the statement, noting that an ongoing eviction process is still ongoing under the jurisdiction of the BC Residential Tenancy. Board against the resident.
The guest has since been released with a court date.
Police have not released the person’s name, but charges have not yet been filed.
Evelyn said charging recommendations are expected after the conclusion of the investigation.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and case reference 2022-5354.
This was not the first eviction at the Northbridge Hotel undertaken by ASK Wellness, which has clients who live there, due to criminal activity. In late 2021, the agency evicted a pair of tenants — a man and a woman — from a unit where stolen property and drugs had been discovered. The tenant eviction process had begun about two months earlier.
ASK Wellness manages the property until the end of February, when the city is expected to determine a long-term manager for the building.
Executive director Bob Hughes said ASK was not applying for this future management contract.
“It won’t be us,” he said.
The nonprofit said it has made and will continue to make public safety a priority when managing the building.
The city said it intends to eventually sell the building for commercial redevelopment at some point in the future.