Domestic dispute escalates to streets

A Surrey resident appeared in court Tuesday on four charges related to a violent domestic dispute in New Westminster Monday afternoon.

A Surrey resident appeared in court Tuesday on four charges related to a violent domestic dispute in New Westminster Monday afternoon.

Police say multiple calls came in to 911 at about 4:20 p.m. reporting a man assaulting a woman in the 500 block of 16th Street.

Officers found the woman but the male suspect had fled on foot. New Westminster police said an investigation determined a man had threatened the woman and a witness with a large knife before fleeing, and the victim and the suspect had some form of personal relationship.

The suspect was traced to a home in the 1600 block of Sixth Avenue, but attempts to get him to surrender were unsuccessful. The Lower Mainland emergency response team was called in but before they arrived the suspect was taken into custody.

Allen James Klassen, 42, of Surrey made his first appearance in court Tuesday charged with forcible confinement, breaking and entering, two counts of assault with a weapon and one of uttering threats.

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