Residents of a 55-plus condo are thrilled with the news that a wanted man has been arrested.
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP arrested Michael Bopfinger in Vernon on his outstanding warrant Wednesday, Aug. 3 shortly after 9 a.m.
One woman, whose name is withheld for her protection, was delighted to see him being cuffed and taken away from the 27th Avenue building where he had been hiding out.
“We’ve been a bit of a nervous wreck,” she said.
Residents in the building were subject to a six-hour lockout two weeks ago when the building was surrounded by police seeking Bopfinger on his warrant.
He was wanted for a weapons complaint from a female victim, who said he pulled a handgun out and pointed it at her.
“Where he held a gun to the female was in the parkade downstairs,” the condo resident said.
Incidents took place even before then with the suspect. Nearly one month ago the residents said there were several police at the condo and she watched as they walked out with Bopfinger and put him in the car, but he was not arrested at that time.
This time, she was relieved to see him wearing handcuffs.
“I yelled out, ‘officer thanks.’”
He was transported to the Vernon Detachment to later appear in court. He is facing charges of assault, pointing a firearm, uttering threats, weapons possession and breach of release order.
The 47-year-old has a history of assault, threats, being unlawfully at large and causing unnecessary pain and suffering to animals charges, all which he has been found guilty of.
While this suspect is gone, for now, residents of the condo he was residing in (despite not meeting the 55 age requirement), say issues still remain in the area.
“It’s terrible here, the break-ins we have downstairs here, the needles, it’s insane,” said the woman who saw Bopfinger being arrested.
“It’s a seniors neighbourhood so we’re vulnerable.”