Two significant incidents reported within an hour of each other kept the Nanaimo RCMP busy for several hours on Saturday morning.
The first incident, reported at approximately 9:30 am on Saturday April 30th involved two males and two female adults fighting in a hallway of an apartment building in the 3300 block of Rock City Rd. As officers were attending information was received that a firearm may be involved. Officers with the Vancouver Island Emergency Response Team (ERT) who was involved in an unrelated matter, attended to assist with the incident. Additionally, an RCMP Air Services helicopter, also involved in another investigation, provided aerial support.
When officers arrived on scene, the suspect had gone back into an apartment unit. To ensure public safety, adjacent units in the building were evacuated for a period of time. Contact was then made with the 23 year old male, who walked out of his apartment and was arrested. The male and a 46 year old female were arrested for Assault, Uttering Threats and firearms related offences. ERT searched the unit and located a rifle. Two victims from the original reported assault were located in a nearby unit and are co-operating with police. Neither required medical attention.
The second incident was reported at 10:40 am involving a female who reported she had just been assaulted by a male while in her home on Benson View Rd. ERT, General Duty officers and a Police Services Dog attended. The home was entered and a 57 year old male was located and arrested for assault. The 40 year old female was located with minor injuries and she did not require medical attention. While in the home, officers located several firearms and a suspected illegal marihuana grow operation. The 57 year male was arrested for Assault and firearm related offences. The suspected grow operation is currently being investigated.