A Kamloops man remains in custody, facing multiple charges after a crime spree downtown on Tuesday, July 26.
Leonard Joseph Cantin is charged with three counts of arson as well as extortion, unlawful confinement and assault with a weapon.
The string of incidents began with three fires deliberately set in the downtown area around 6 a.m. Around 9:30 a.m., the suspect made his way to the offices of United Way in the 100 block of Victoria Street. He demanded cash from employees. They recognized him as a homeless person who had been living in the area.
At that point, the three employees went into a boardroom to speak with the man, who appeared agitated. He barricaded the door but one managed to call police.
Cantin is due in court Aug. 18.