"On May 11, 2014 at 13:59 hours, the New Hazelton RCMP and B.C. Conservation Services responded to a complaint that a 39 year old New Hazelton Man had set a vehicle on fire in the middle of Hwy 16 five Km’s west of Cedarvale.

Reports were received that the man was swinging an axe at passing motorists and could very well have struck some of the vehicles as they passed his point.  When officers arrived the man fled to a driveway of a local residence where after a short negotiation, he surrendered to police without incident.

New Hazelton RCMP are in consultation with Crown Counsel and will be recommending charges of Possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, assault with a weapon, intimidation by blocking a highway, arson and mischief.

The New Hazelton RCMP are asking anyone who may have any information regarding this incident, or may have cell phone video footage, to please contact Crime Stopper at 1-800-222-8477 or the New Hazelton RCMP at 250-842-5244."