SURREY - A Surrey man accused of grabbing a young boy in a Surrey schoolground and holding him at knife point is facing five criminal charges.
Mounties tasered Omar Moustapha Hassan, 37, after receiving a report he was holding a nine-year-old boy hostage with a knife at Ecole Gabrielle-Roy private elementary school in Newton Thursday afternoon.
"The child is reportedly unharmed in the rescue," Cpl. Bert Paquet said at the time. "It was quickly resolved."
The incident happened in the 6800-block of 132nd Stree,t shortly before 1 p.m.
An emergency response team was also dispatched. After a "short negotiation," Paquet said, the suspect dropped the knife and released the boy.
Hassan has been charged with hostage taking, unlawful confinement or imprisonment, uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, kidnapping, and failing to comply with a probation order.
Paquet said Hassan and the boy did not know one another.
"The quick response and actions of the officers involved and their ability to de-escalate the situation immediately were essential in the safe conclusion to this incident," Paquet said. "As an officer, there is nothing more rewarding that getting a child out of harm's way."
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