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35-year-old Colville homicide suspect arrested near Canadian border

Jan. 28, 2023 Updated Sat., Jan. 28, 2023 at 8:39 p.m.

Ryan Van Pelt  (Courtesy of Stevens County Sheriff's Office)
Ryan Van Pelt (Courtesy of Stevens County Sheriff's Office)

Authorities arrested a 35-year-old man who they allege was the primary suspect in a homicide Saturday in Colville.

Stevens County Sheriff’s deputies and U.S. Border Patrol agents took Ryan Van Pelt into custody around 4:45 p.m. Saturday on Johnson Grade Road near State Route 25, about 12 miles from the Canadian border, according to a Stevens County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post.

The killing happened around 1:20 p.m. in the area of the 400 block of Louis Perras Road, the post said. Van Pelt fled the area in a silver 2008 Toyota RAV4, the sheriff’s office said.

Colville police and the sheriff’s office were unable to be reached by phone Saturday. No other information was available.

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