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04/03/2014 03:16 EDT | Updated 06/03/2014 05:59 EDT

Andre Harvey Richard arrested in connection with attack on family

Andre Harvey Richard, the man wanted in connection with a violent attack on his family in their home Wednesday night, has been arrested in southeastern B.C. near the small community of Fernie.

Langley RCMP Cpl. Holly Marks said Richard was pulled over at 9:30 a.m. PT after police received a report of an erratic, possibly impaired driver. The complainant followed Richard's car until it came to stop.

Marks said Richard exited the vehicle and went into the roadside bush. A crime negotiator was called to the scene and Richard was taken into custody shortly afterward.

Richard was being sought after his estranged wife and his daughter were attacked in their home in the Vancouver suburb of Langley, B.C. Their home was also set on fire,

Marks said Richard breached an order not to contact his wife when he entered the family home. CBC News has learned the woman was in family court the day before the attack.

She and her two children were taken to hospital after escaping the fire that gutted their home in the 19600 block of Wakefield Drive just after 1 a.m. PT.

Police said a man broke into the home and allegedly set the fire before going into the woman's bedroom and assaulting her with a weapon.

Woman hit in head

Marks said it was a violent assault.

"The mother was hit in and about the head with a weapon and sustained some fairly significant lacerations, and she remains in hospital at this point," said Marks.

"The daughter who attempted to intervene was also struck with the weapon."

The mother, her 14-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son managed to escape, running outside to a neighbour’s house before their home was engulfed in flames.​

Their injuries are reported to be non-life-threatening.

Google map: 19600 Wakefield Dr., Langley

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