Man taken into custody following 5-hour standoff with Niagara police

Niagara police SUV


A St. Catharines man is facing charges following a five-hour standoff with Niagara police.

Officers were called to a home in the area of Old Pine Trail and Vine St. in St. Catharines around 11 a.m. Sunday.

Police say a man had forced his way inside the home and threatened a female.

The female was able to leave the home and the man barricaded himself inside.

Police learned he may be armed and the Emergency Task Unit was called in to assist.

Following a standoff with police, a 33-year-old man was taken into custody around 4:20 p.m.

Police say shortly after his arrest, the man began to resist with officers and attempted to escape.

While he was being transported to the Niagara Regional Police Prisoner Management Unit in Niagara Falls, the man began to kick at the windows and doors of the police cruiser which caused damage.

He has been charged with forcible entry, resist arrest and mischief under $5,000.

The man is currently being held in custody pending a bail hearing at the Robert S.K. Welch Courthouse in St. Catharines.

Detectives with the Domestic Violence Unit are continuing to investigate the incident.

In order to protect the identity and privacy of the victim, the accused’s name is not being released.