34-year-old Kamal Bhoondpaul, who is known to police for prior offences, has been arrested for allegedly breaking into a North Cowichan home and sexually assaulting an occupant.
In the early hours of Sunday, October 27th, North Cowichan Duncan RCMP received reports of a break-and-enter and attended the scene of the crime but were unable to locate the suspect.
It soon became clear that the suspect had also sexually assaulted an individual who was in the house at the time of the incident.
Police investigation led them to obtain a search warrant for a residence in the 3200-block of Moorfield Road. Upon execution of the warrant, officers were able to locate and arrest the suspect, Kamal Bhoondpaul.
Bhoondpaul has been remanded in custody and charged with sexual assault with a weapon, break and enter with intent or commit theft, and uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm.
“Public safety was a primary concern and a vast number of resources were used to advance the investigation as quickly as possible,” said RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Chris Manseau.
“While Bhoondpaul has been arrested, the investigation is continuing to ensure all available evidence required to support a successful prosecution has been gathered.”
Investigators believe that the suspect acted alone and that this is an isolated incident.
Court records show that over the past 16 years, Bhoondpaul has been charged with break and enter, sexual assault, impaired driving, and breach of probation, among others.