Nanaimo man arrested
(Image / Tom Brenner)

A Nanaimo man is in police custody for several crimes including for robbery and several weapons offences after he allegedly brandished a loaded crossbow at someone.

According to police, the incident occurred shortly after 7 a.m. near the intersection of Milton and Nicol Streets on Saturday February 18th.

An individual contact police after they were reportedly threatened and robbed by the man who was in possession of a pistol and a hunting crossbow.

Responding officers located the suspect nearby in some bushes where they also located a loaded crossbow and several knives. Police said the firearm was not located.

“The purchase of this cross bow was actually reported to police just days prior by staff at a Nanaimo retail store who were concerned about the purchase,” said R/Cst Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Police Dustin Pacheco of Nanaimo appeared in a brief bail hearing Saturday night and was ordered remanded into police custody.

His next court appearance is set for Wednesday February 22nd.

“This is another example of the community working with the police to ensure the public’s safety after witnessing what they believed to be a suspicious purchase of a dangerous weapon,” said O’Brien.


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