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A 27-year-old southern Vancouver Island man was arrested on Friday after breaking into a woman’s home in Nanaimo, says Nanaimo RCMP.

In a release, police say that a man kicked open the front door of the home at about 10 p.m, in the 2700 block of Labieux Road where two adult women were staying.

According to one of the women, the homeowner, the unknown man opened the front door to the residence and walked inside. The women then yelled at the man and told him he had the wrong house, to which he mumbled in reply.

He eventually walked out of the house and into the woman’s back yard, where he suddenly turned around and ran back towards the house, kicking in the front door and walking inside.

At this point, both women – who are in their late twenties – had locked themselves in a nearby bedroom, barricaded the door, and called 911.

Police say that the women then listened as the unknown man walked through the home, yelling and swearing but “generally not saying anything coherent.” The pair remained in the bedroom until police arrived.

Officers responding to the call came face to face with the man as he was exiting through the house’s front door where they arrested him for breaking and entering.

“This must have been a terrifying ordeal for the two ladies and we commend them for how they responded to an extremely volatile situation,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP in a news release.

“They removed themselves from the situation as best they could, put a locked barrier between themselves and the suspect, and immediately called 911. Great job.”

The man was held in custody for one night after the incident. He was released the next day on a recognizance of one count of break and enter, and his first court appearance is set for February 5th at the Nanaimo Provincial Court.

Police say that drugs and/or alcohol were “overwhelming contributing factors” to the case, and that they believe the man, for unknown reasons, broke into the wrong house.

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