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GARDEN VILLAGE – A tense situation here Saturday ended peacefully when a man holed up in an abandoned home gave himself up to police.
Sgt. Ken Dokis, of the Anishinabek Police Service, said the man surrendered around 2 p.m. after speaking to an Ontario Provincial Police negotiator several hours after entering an abandoned home on Ted Commanda Drive in the early morning following a house party.
Dokis said the man left the party, where at least three people were assaulted, stopping at a family member¹s home before making his way to theabandoned house. He said at least one of the three people assaulted was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Dokis said police took every possible precaution to ensure the safety of officers, the suspect and the community after the man reportedly told family members he would be at the house waiting for police. Dokis said the OPP¹s heavily armed Ontario Provincial Police Tactical Rescue Unit and Emergency Rescue Response Team were called in because the man¹s comments may have been a threat. He said the man was also seen with an weapon, believed to have been some kind of blunt object.
The area around the home was cordoned off and nearby residents were asked to stay in their homes.
³We¹re just pleased that it ended the way it did,² said Dokis, referring to the man¹s peaceful surrender.
He said Fabian Beacauge remains in custody and is facing several assault and breach of probation charges.