By Jami Makan
A homicide suspect was arrested earlier this week in Surrey, B.C. after illegally crossing the border in Blaine, where he left a stolen van.
Jordan Eaton, 26, allegedly shot his 19-year-old girlfriend early in the morning on January 28 in the South Hill area of Pierce County.
According to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, Eaton then fled to Puyallup where he stole a van and drove to Blaine.
The van, a white 2006 GMC Savana owned by the Liberty Distributing Co., was recovered in Blaine by the Blaine Police Department with assistance from other law enforcement agencies.
Later that same day, after illegally crossing the border on a stolen bicycle, Eaton was located at Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock where he was found armed. He was arrested by the RCMP after he unsuccessfully tried running away from pursuing officers.
The Blaine Police Department had received an alert at 12:48 p.m. to be on the lookout for the homicide suspect and the vehicle, which was found abandoned in a Blaine alleyway.
The vehicle, which had a refrigeration unit on top and company logos on its sides, was noticed by a Blaine police officer who was patrolling the area.
“The vehicle was parked in the alley but we were not sure if it was still occupied,” said lieutenant Ryan King of the Blaine Police Department.
“We requested assistance from U.S. Customs and Border Protection who was nearby and the Whatcom sheriff’s office to secure the area,” he added.
The vehicle was checked by officers who found nobody inside. According to King, it appears that Eaton stole the bicycle from a nearby residence before he illegally crossed into Canada.
Blaine police transported the stolen vehicle to a secure storage area. A team from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office was expected to arrive the following day to conduct a forensics investigation on the stolen vehicle.