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A Duncan man has been arrested for allegedly trying to hijack an occupied vehicle in broad daylight on Tuesday afternoon.

At approximately 12:00 p.m., North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP responded to a reported carjacking on the 200-block of Government Street in Duncan.

On the main strip, a woman was sitting in the passenger seat of a parked vehicle with her 4-month-old child in a carseat in the back when a man suddenly entered the vehicle and began to drive.

The woman then repeatedly told the man to stop as he was driving, but his only response was that he “needed the vehicle”. She then tried to physically stop the man and was assaulted in the process. After a struggle, however, she was able to hit the car’s horn and shift the car into park.

Once stopped, the suspect calmly exited the vehicle and walked away down a nearby street.

After the frightening encounter, police performed a search of the area and recorded a description of the suspect. The man was eventually found near downtown Duncan and was taken into custody.

“We don’t normally see these types of brazen attempts in Duncan,” said Staff Sergeant Kurt Bosnell in a release. “It is very fortunate that nothing more serious occurred as a result of this.”

The suspect, Jordan Plamondon, is known to police and faces three different charges, theft of a motor vehicle, attempted robbery, and assault.

He remains in custody and is set to appear before the Duncan Courts on February 5th.

Investigators believe that the carjacking is an isolated incident.

Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to contact the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477

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