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A violent offender was arrested in Nanaimo last week, after trying to trick police with a fake name.

At 11:30 a.m. on August 25th, officers, while patrolling on their bikes, noticed an individual consuming alcohol in public. 

“Consuming alcohol in public is in itself not a major offence but it certainly provides grounds for police to find out who the person is and ascertain if they are wanted or breaching any current conditions,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP

“As it turns out, this is exactly what happened.”

After pouring out his alcohol, the officers asked the man to identify himself and he provided a fake name.

After a quick check of his belongings, his real ID was located and was checked against police databases. 

The check revealed the 34-year-old man of no fixed address was wanted on seven outstanding warrants issued in the Vancouver area, for offences including Assaulting a Police Officer, Assault with a Weapon, Assault and Uttering Threats.

The individual was promptly arrested and is currently in police custody awaiting transport back to Vancouver. 

“This is one more criminal who has been removed from our community simply due to the efforts of good old fashioned proactive police patrols,” said O’Brien.