UPDATE (April 9): London police have laid a total of seven charges against the man who was the subject of an hours-long stakeout and manhunt on McNay Street Monday (April 8)..
Carl James Smith, 52, was arrested without incident at a residence on Lyman Street at about 8 p.m. Monday night, according to the London Police Service (LPS). Police announced Tuesday (April 9) they have laid four additional charges related to a loaded .38 pistol found in his possession when he was arrested.
Smith is charged with assault, uttering death threats, forcible confinement, careless storage of a firearm, possession of a firearm while prohibited, possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition and possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized. None of the charges have been proven in court.
The investigation is ongoing.
ORIGINAL POST: Police need the public’s help to find a London man possibly armed with a gun after a six-hour stakeout on McNay Street failed to turn up a suspect.
The London Police Service (LPS) says Carl James Smith, 52, may be armed with a gun. They are asking residents to be vigilant but not to approach him.
Smith is charged with assault, forcible confinement and uttering threats. These charges haven’t been proven in court.
Police had McNay and neighbouring streets between Oxford and Cheapside blocked off from about 6 a.m. to shortly before 3 p.m. Monday (April 8). According to LPS media officer Const. Ken Steeves, police were called to the apartment, above Hanna’s Mini Mart at 79 McNay St., at about 5:30 a.m. for a trouble with person call.
That call came from Dave Bedard’s roommate. He said they heard a female “screaming for her life” from the apartment on top of the mini-mart, next door to their place just after 5 a.m.
Bedard said he met the suspect, who he called “Jim,” through a friend six years ago, but didn’t know his last name.
He said Smith had spent time in jail after a drug bust and was known to have handguns. He said he had seen him at least once with a pistol, and that he had a “short temper.”
“That’s why I kind of stayed away,” Bedard said.
Despite being warned by police to stay inside, neighbours on McNay Street and Lyman Street (one block to the west) couldn’t help but gather on front stoops and in driveways to try and catch a glimpse of what was happening.
Many were drawn from their homes when they heard the first of three loud bangs several minutes apart. Steeves attributed the noise to “distractionary (sic) devices” being used by the Emergency Response Unit (ERU).
Diana Diegel, 24, has lived on Lyman Street for the past 20 years. She said she saw two children, aged five to seven, carried down the road from what appeared to be the back of the building police had surrounded. They were loaded into an ambulance shortly after 7:30 a.m.
“They sat there for a good 90 minutes then took off,” she said. “They didn’t look hurt. The little boy was sitting in the front seat, that’s how I could see him.”
Officers with the ERU, clad in full riot gear with shields and machine guns, stacked up on the roof of the LPS tactical rescue unit, a light armored vehicle (LAV) and threw at least one device the size of a briefcase through the apartment’s second-floor window just before 11 a.m., which turned out to be a communication device to help them communication with anyone inside the apartment.
At about 12:45 p.m. a team of at least five ERU officers broke into the apartment, emerging about 15 minutes later. Still in body armour and helmets, they started crisscrossing the street knocking on doors and talking to residents.
A London resident, whose mother lives on the street, tweeted to London Community News at 2 p.m. that the officers were looking for the suspect. The ERU and most other officers left the area shortly before 3 p.m., returning it to a relatively quiet state.
Anyone who sees Smith is urged to phone 911, contact the police at 519-661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent in online anonymously to www.londoncrimestoppers.com.