Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Quick Response Interrupts Violent Incident

Home invasion suspects arrested within minutes

Nanaimo RCMP officer's quick response resulted in the arrest of 3 persons for a violent home invasion. Three males, ranging in ages from 27 to 40, were arrested within minutes of breaking into a home on Howard Ave.

On Thursday March 9 officers were called to a residence in the 600 block of Howard Ave for a report of a home invasion in progress. It was reported the 3 males had pushed their way into the home and were apparently searching for a previous tenant. The existing tenants denied any knowledge of this person and in doing so, were assaulted and at one point, allegedly threatened with a machete. Officers entered the home during the melee and arrested the three. No significant injuries were incurred by the victims of the home.

27 year old Kyle MCHUGH, 37 year old Jason FROUDE and 40 year old Steven DESJARLAIS were held in custody and charged with Break and Enter, Assault with a Weapon and Uttering Threats. FROUDE and MCHUGH appeared in Nanaimo Provincial court and were remanded until April 11, while DESJARLAIS has been released on conditions.

"This was a violent incident which if not for the fast and effective response shown by B Watch General Duty officers, the residents may have incurred significant injuries. As a result the three males, who are all well-known to police, have been taken off the streets and are being held accountable for their actions." said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

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