OTTAWA — Police say no hazardous materials have been found at an Ottawa hotel that was the site of a late-night police raid Tuesday evening.
Police detained 42-year old Christopher Phillips at the Chimo Hotel in Ottawa, linking him to a nation-wide warrant issued by RCMP and “large quantities of chemicals” found at a residence outside Halifax.
But Ottawa police announced they were clearing the scene just after 3 p.m., after their investigation turned up no threat to public safety.
Ottawa police responded to a call just after 10 p.m. Tuesday in response to “possible threat” at the hotel. Hotel guests were evacuated as a safety precaution.
Phillips was detained without incident, and remains in custody.
Canadian officials are still refusing to name Phillips, who has yet to be charged with an offence. But the American-born doctor’s Olympian ex-wife, Shannon Miller, as well as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, both confirmed his identity.
“(Homeland Security’s) investigations attaché office in Ottawa is assisting Canadian law enforcement with their investigation into Christopher Phillips,” wrote U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer Barbara Gonzalez in a statement.
“Because it’s an ongoing matter, we have no further information to provide at this time.”
Nick Furris, who described himself as the business partner of Miller, the Olympian-turned-motivational speaker, confirmed that the man arrested in Ottawa was Miller’s former spouse, Christopher Phillips.
In a prepared statement, Miller said she’s praying for the safety of those around Phillips.
“I’m thankful for the brave men and women of the Ottawa police department and other law enforcement agencies were able to apprehend him and diffuse the situation without incident,” Miller wrote.
Nova Scotia RCMP issued a Canada-wide arrest warrant for Phillips after raiding two homes in Cole Harbour and one residence in Grand Desert, a rural community outside of Halifax, since Tuesday.
According to RCMP Cpl. Greg Church, police are arranging a chemist to help with the investigation into chemicals found at the Grand Desert location. Nearby residents have been asked to leave the area until police conclude their investigation.
“I can confirm we’re taking all measures necessary to the highest level. So, if in fact the chemicals are very, very toxic, we’ve taken measures to ensure the safety of the public and of the responders who are working the scenes,” Church said.
Authorities also raided two homes in nearby Cole Harbour after they received a threat of a suspicious package Monday night. Cpl. Church said the discovery of the package led to the temporary displacement of several nearby residents, who were allowed to return home on Tuesday.
The investigation led police to a residence at 95 Dyke Rd. in Grand Desert, where the apparently hazardous materials were found.
Corporate records show that one of the Cole Harbour residences is registered to a business called Neurology and Sleep Medicine Associates Inc., which has been active since 2009.
The corporate records list Dr. Gosia Phillips as the company’s president. Gosia Phillips is also the name listed for that address in an online telephone directory, although no one answered that number Wednesday morning.
Property records show Phillips as the owner of the second Cole Harbour home searched by police, where chemicals were found Tuesday.
An online profile of Christopher Phillips says he has been the manager of the company since January 2009. The relationship between Gosia and Christopher Phillips is not yet clear.
The Dyke Rd. residence in Grad Desert is registered to Marian Sue Phillips in El Reno, Okla., according to property records.
“I have no comment,” that woman said when reached by telephone Wednesday morning.
- With files from Robin Levinson King, Bruce Campion-Smith, and Toronto Star wire services