Women barricade themselves in bedroom during Nanaimo home invasion

Women update 911 operator during seven-minute wait for police after man kicked in front door.

Police in Nanaimo are commending two women for their actions during a home invasion last week.

The incident happened at about 10:30 p.m. Friday at a residence on the 2700 block of Labieux Road when the women discovered a man muttering incoherently and rummaging around in their home.

The women confronted the man, who left the residence, but then shortly after returned, kicked in the front door and proceeded to continue rummaging around the house.

The women, both their late 20s, locked themselves in a bedroom and called police.

Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said the suspect was sitting in the kitchen seven minutes later when police arrived and officers arrested him as he tried to leave the residence.

“We believe that alcohol and drugs may have been contributing factors,” O’Brien said.

No one was harmed in the incident, which police have determined appears to be a random occurrence and neither the women or the suspect are known to one another.

O’Brien said the suspect, whose identity hasn’t been released, is a 27-year-old man from a “community on southern Vancouver Island” who is well known to police.

O’Brien also went on to give the women kudos for the way they responded to the situation.

“They put a barrier between themselves and the suspect and stayed on the phone giving updates until police arrived, which is exactly what we want people to do,” he said.

The suspect is being held in custody until his appearance in provincial court in Nanaimo Tuesday, Feb. 5.



photos@nanaimobulletin.com
Like us on
Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Nanaimo Dry Grad needs some more volunteers

Volunteers willing to work the late shift June 21 are especially needed, says organizer

First cruise ship of the season docks in Nanaimo

Silversea’s Silver Muse makes port call

Motorcyclist injured in crash on old Island Highway

Accident happened at Dorman Road intersection at 11 a.m. Sunday

Community checks out tons of trucks

Touch a Truck happened at Nanaimo North Town Centre today, June 16

Parksville resort fire caused by flammable gas used to extract oil from cannabis

Investigators detail reasons for explosion and blaze that destroyed building

Community checks out tons of trucks

Touch a Truck happened at Nanaimo North Town Centre today, June 16

Port Alberni man dies in ATV accident

A Port Alberni man has died following an all-terrain vehicle accident near… Continue reading

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Prevent ‘reno-victions’

Lack of vacancy control results in rent hikes far exceeding allowable increases, says letter writer

Hospice gets some help thanks to community hike

Nanaimo Community Hospice Society’s Hike for Hospice was held Saturday at Westwood Lake

New Nanaimo fire hall plans unveiled

Nanaimo Fire Rescue hopes new station will be operational by 2022

B.C. VIEWS: When farmland protection doesn’t protect farmers

Secondary residences aren’t mansions, families tell Lana Popham

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Every cigarette and lottery ticket stolen from Parksville’s Log Cabin General Store

Break-in, theft occurred late on June 10 or early June 11

Monkey spotted on late-night jaunt in Campbell River

Conservation officers also apparently looking for cougar in the area

Most Read