Vernon men receive police citations after helping officer subdue suspect

Co-workers Andy Wilkie and Adrian Wikene helped a Vernon RCMP officer in his battle with a suspect in the parking lot of a Vernon motel

The RCMP have paid tribute to a pair of Vernon co-workers for helping an officer in a jam.

Adrian Wikene and Andy Wilkie were given citations by the Vernon detachment for helping an officer subude a suspect at the Green Valley Motel who, according to police, was resisting arrest.

Big time.

“The suspect refused to come cooperatively. Our officer attempted to take him into custody. The man resisted arrest and they both fell to the ground,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “While holding the man on the ground and attempting to gain control of him, the suspect kept struggling to get free.”

Two women from the motel, associates of the suspect, came out and began to interfere with the officer, grabbing at his hands and face.

Enter Wikene and Wilkie.

“I put weight on the suspect’s legs so he couldn’t kick or flip over, and Adrian was doing crowd control,” said Wilkie.

“I kept the two women away from the scene along with anyone else who wanted to intervene,” added Wilkie, who called 911 and RCMP officers were on the scene to assist “within two-to-three minutes.”

For further details on the story, see Wednesday’s Morning Star.