Chilliwack man who forced police standoff denied bail

RCMP officers briefly thought the man was going to come out of the Portage Avenue home in Chilliwack but he retreated inside. - Paul J. Henderson
RCMP officers briefly thought the man was going to come out of the Portage Avenue home in Chilliwack but he retreated inside.
— image credit: Paul J. Henderson

The man who forced a standoff with police in Chilliwack on Tuesday will remain in custody, much to the relief of his alleged victim's family.

Kimber Allan Derksen was arrested after a nearly four-hour standoff outside a Portage Avenue residence as he and another man refused to exit the home.

Provincial court Judge Gregory Brown denied the 38-year-old bail and ordered him to be detained after a show-cause hearing in Chilliwack Court Wednesday.

A publication ban means the details of the alleged offence cannot be reported until the matter goes to trial.

Derksen faces one charge of assault and one charge of uttering threats.

Derksen has a criminal record including assault, firearms and drug trafficking convictions, according to Court Services Online.

Outside the courtroom, the mother and sister of the alleged victim were relieved the judge denied Derksen bail.

General duty RCMP officers were on the scene of the Portage Avenue house on July 15 along with the Police Dog Services unit and Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team members.

The heavy police presence was due to “the nature of the threat that was allegedly uttered,” according to a Chilliwack RCMP press release.

Neighbours who live on a stretch of Portage near Quarry Road were not allowed to get to their homes, and some residents were evacuated.

“Our first priority in a situation like this is of course the safety of the public,” said RCMP spokesperson Const. Tracy Wolbeck. “This was a very intense and dynamic situation for all of our officers involved. In the end, after several hours of negotiating, two males exited the residence and were peacefully taken into police custody.”

the Times has learned the second male in the house during the standoff was local prolific offender Cole Amey.

Amey even posted a link to the online story in the Times on his Facebook page with the comment: "It was a good day it was me in there with him lol."

Amey was not charged in connection with the July 15 incident.

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