Second arrest made in connection with motel explosion in Trail

February 27th, 2024

Beginning on Feb. 10, 2024, Trail and Greater District RCMP began a search for 33-year-old Ryan Harp of Grand Forks, BC, in an alleged connection to an explosion on  Feb. 10, 2024, at a motel in Trail.

Trail RCMP received assistance from the Southeast District Emergency Response Team and Southeast District General Investigation Section to locate and arrest Harp without risk to the public on Friday, February 23, 2024.

Harp is being held in police custody and is charged the following alleged criminal offences:

  • Criminal Harassment contrary to Section 264 CC;
  • Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose contrary to Section 88(1) CC;
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm contrary to Section 91(1) CC;
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited Weapon contrary to Section 91(2) CC;
  • Mischief Endangering Life contrary to Section 430(2) CC;
  • Storing Firearms Contrary to Regulations contrary to Section 86(2) CC;
  • Fail to Comply with a Probation Order x 3 contrary to Section 733.1(1) CC.

Trail RCMP continues to make this investigation a top priority. The partnership between Trail RCMP, SED ERT, GIS, and other RCMP detachments who contributed resulted in the Harp’s capture. Without this cooperation and resourcing, this arrest would have proven much more difficult and danger for Trail officers alone,” said RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

Previous coverage:

On Feb. 10, at 10:30 p.m., RCMP and emergency crews responded to a report of an explosion which had occurred inside a motel room at the “Glenwood Inn”, in Trail, BC.

The explosion started a fire in an adjacent room which had to be evacuated.

No one at the scene was found injured.

A search of the room where the explosion occurred uncovered firearms and ammunition.

Officers at the scene located a 48-year-old man nearby, believed to be associated to the room. The man was subsequently arrested and faces numerous firearms offences.

Police are looking for one other suspect in relation to the explosion who is described as a Caucasian male in his 30’s, dark hair, brown eyes, likely has symptoms of burn injuries.

Do not approach any suspected person.

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Trail & Greater District RCMP at (250) 364-2566.

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