A woman has now been charged after a break-in at a West Vancouver home turned violent.
Just after 9 p.m. Monday, West Vancouver police were called to the 1100-block of Crestline Road. The home was under renovation but the homeowners had been alerted to the break-in via a surveillance system.
However, they did not immediately call police. They went to the house on their own where they found two women inside. Police say a violent struggle followed before the women managed to get to a vehicle and drive away. Police were called, however, the suspects had fled before officers arrived.
The homeowners were bitten and scratched in the struggle. Their vehicle was also damaged as the suspect vehicle crashed out of the driveway.
After gathering information at the scene, officers were able to identify a person of interest. They alerted Coquitlam RCMP and shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday, Coquitlam RCMP found and arrested a woman without incident. A vehicle was also seized for further investigation.
Crown Counsel has now approved several charges against 43-year-old Tara Maria Zerr of Agassiz, including break and enter to commit an indictable offence, assault, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and uttering threats.
Zerr is being held in custody until her next court appearance on Nov. 1.
Police are looking to identify and apprehend a second suspect.
They are also urging residents to contact police immediately if they believe a crime is in progress. Attempting to investigate or confront suspects on your own can place you in extreme danger and can delay police efforts to quickly locate and safely apprehend suspects.