Several homes in a neighbourhood in Lindsay, Ont., had to be evacuated Monday after police say a suspect threatened to use a chemical bomb during a seven-hour standoff with police.
Kawartha Lakes Police say around 8 a.m. two residents of a Cambridge Street South home were assaulted after another man entered the house. Police say the victims knew the suspect.
The man fled before police arrived.
“Police began a lengthy negotiation with the man who at one point indicated that he had manufactured a chemical bomb that he was prepared to use if police entered the home,” stated Sgt. Tom Hickey.
The warning prompted the evacuation of a number of nearby homes, Hickey said.
Police continued to negotiate with the suspect as they waited to obtain a warrant to enter the residence and arrest him.
Around 5:45 p.m., police say the man surrendered without incident and was arrested.
Matthew Jefrey Cork, 42, has been charged with two counts of assault and one count of threatening death. He was detained in custody and will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Lindsay today for a bail hearing.