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Axe-wielding home invasion suspect sought

Mounties got the weapon used in a home invasion, but are unsure if they have the suspect.

Police responded to a call of a home invasion Friday, shortly after 5 p.m., when a man used an axe to smash his way into a house in the 2500 block of Departure Bay Road.

The two occupants managed to get the axe away from the suspect and fled, but the suspect ran into the home, said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman.

Police believed the suspect was still in the house when they arrived and found the front door barricaded. Police found a man inside, but have not determined if he is the suspect or merely a roommate sharing the house.

O’Brien said the man was originally eliminated as the suspect and police believed the axe-weilding man fled to another home nearby. Police searched that home, but failed to find anyone there.

“It’s not certain at this point whether the male found in the home was in fact the person with the axe or not,” O’Brien said. “We’re getting information, but because of the history of the home, there’s further investigation required before we’re satisfied as to who was actually in possession of the axe.”

No one was injured in the incident and, so far, no one has been arrested.

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