Nanaimo RCMP arrest man with axe in downtown park. (File photo)

Nanaimo RCMP arrest man with axe in downtown park. (File photo)

Man seen with axe at Nanaimo park, numerous RCMP officers respond

Incident happened Friday evening at Maffeo Sutton Park

A man walking through a downtown Nanaimo park with an axe drew a large response from the RCMP.

According to a Nanaimo RCMP press release, police were called at about 6:15 p.m. Friday after the man was seen walking with the axe through Maffeo Sutton Park.

“A large contingent of officers responded,” quickly located the man, who is well-known to police, and relieved him of the tool.

“He was an individual who displayed a remarkable lack of judgment,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. “To a seasoned officer, very few things surprise us.”

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