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Arrest made after reports of armed man in Niagara Falls

Accused faces drug, weapon and assault charges in incident involving replica firearm
Police say suspect was in possession of black Airsoft "carbine" replica rifle

A Fort Erie man faces drug, weapon and assault of a peace officer charges after police responded to reports of a man in Niagara Falls armed holding what was believed to be a rifle.

On June 6 at 8:05 p.m., uniform officers from the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) responded at a parking lot on Drummond Road near Dunn Street.

The initial information received was that a male had exited a black BMW SUV in a parking lot and was holding, loading and pointing a large capacity rifle.

Officers located the BMW and arrested the suspect at gunpoint.

While being placed in the rear of a police vehicle, the suspect became violent and physically refused to enter the vehicle, police said in a news release.

In the struggle the man kicked two officers in chest, police said. The man was eventually secured in the police vehicle.

Police said the rifle turned out to be a replica firearm – a completely black Airsoft "carbine" rifle with a working slide and removable magazines.

There was no "orange tip" on the weapon to indicate the rifle was a replica, police said.

Officers located a satchel in the BMW. In the satchel officers found and seized the following:

  • 3.5g grams of suspected blue fentanyl
  • 2.7g grams of suspected pink fentanyl
  • 2.5g grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine
  • 7.5g grams of suspected cocaine
  • $4,150 CDN currency

Jordan John Apps, 45, of Fort Erie was arrested and charged with:

  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
  • Assault Peace Officer (two counts)
  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance (fentanyl) (two counts)
  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance (crystal methamphetamine)
  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance (cocaine)
  • Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000

Apps was held in custody for a video bail hearing to the Robert S. K. Welch Courthouse in St. Catharines.

None of the allegations have been tested in court and the accused is considered innocent unless proven guilty.