Police capture suspect with help from citizens

Police take suspect into custody on waterfront.

0612 – A 25-year-old man who ran from police then took a short but very cold swim in the ocean was stopped only after several Good Samaritans, armed with boat hooks, came to the aid of the officers. The incident and arrest took place at approximately 2 pm on Monday near the Nanaimo Shipyards located on Stewart Avenue.

The incident began when officers attended to a report of a man sleeping on a bench at the Chinese Gardens. After a short discussion, the officers were shocked when the man lit a pipe and began smoking illegal street drugs in front of them. He was promptly arrested and when asked to identify himself, bolted on foot, across Stewart Avenue to the Nanaimo Shipyards.

After a short swim, the suspect tried to commandeer a kayak from a moored boat. That drew the attention of several nearby boat owners and they took action. After gathering some boat hooks, they cornered the man on the dock until police arrived. Minutes later, Constable Mike Eckert, who happened to be nearby and operating the Nanaimo RCMP Zodiac, pulled along side and arrested the suspect.

After securing the suspect in handcuffs and a life jacket, Constables Eckert and Woods transported him to the inner harbour where additional officers transported him to the Nanaimo Detachment. The 25-year-old was arrested for Obstruction and Possession of a Controlled Substance, believed to be crystal methamphetamine. He also was found to have two outstanding warrants from previous Nanaimo files for Theft and Possession of Stolen Property. Later that same day he was released from police custody on an Undertaking, with his first court appearance set for late September in Nanaimo Provincial Court.

, said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

The Zodiac is a 733 Hurricane, 22 feet long with twin 150 hp motors and an additional 90 hp. It is used primarily for enforcement and education in the coastal waters near Nanaimo but at times provides assistance to the Nanaimo Port Authority, the Canadian Coast Guard, Nanaimo Search and Rescue, and the Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans. The vessel is also a much-needed addition to enhanced enforcement during special events such as Bathtub Days, Canada Day celebrations and other events.

Neigbours cheer as Nanaimo RCMP take down drug house

0611  The neighbours cheered and clapped as the Nanaimo RCMP Street Crimes Unit moved in and shut down a problem drug house in the 500 block of Milton Street Wednesday evening. 

RCMP received numerous complaints, beginning in March, ranging from drug deals, petty thefts and daily disturbances. When officers entered the home, seven adults inside, with six later being released without charge. A 58-year-old woman  was taken into police custody.

A search yielded a variety of drugs including a small amount of suspected Fentanyl, and approximately one ounce of crystal methamphetamine, $2,500 cash and supporting pieces of paraphernalia were found.

One other man, also 58 years old, was arrested away from the home. Both were held in custody and released in the morning pending charge approval. The two will be compelled to court by way of a warrant on charges of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking under the CDSA.

“This is a classic example of the community and police working together to resolve a community based issue. The neighbours were upset and instead of taking out their frustration via social media, they asked for help. We were more than willing to assist by shutting this problem drug house down once and for all,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

 If you have concerns that need the attention of the police, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

RCMP seek help to find violent offender David Thomas

David Arlen Thomas

0611 – The Nanaimo RCMP are trying to find 26-year-old David Arlen Thomas, who is wanted for Break and Enter, and two counts of Breaching the terms of his probation. Thomas is considered violent and should not be approached.

The warrant stems from an incident on March 23 in which Thomas allegedly attempted to break into the home of a female in north Nanaimo, with whom he had had a previous relationship. A news release was previously issued detailing this incident. The female fled and Thomas was not located by attending officers. Since that time, investigators have been unable to locate Thomas and believe that he is actively evading police.

On June 7 its alleged Thomas again, broke into the same home while the female was present. She managed to flee but was chased by Thomas who reportedly dislodged bear spray at her. She was not seriously injured and Thomas fled on his bicycle before police arrived.

“These were terrifying experiences for the female and it appears the violence is escalating. We are doing what we can to help with her personal safety and we are asking for the public's assistance in locating Thomas and to hold him accountable for his actions,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP

Thomas is 5 ft.7, 140 pounds and the picture  is recent. Thomas has a distinctive tattoo on his outer left forearm which spells INDIAN. If you have information on the whereabouts of David Arlen Thomas, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

1 - RCMP pursuing long-time wanted files – Percy Khabata

Percy Khambata

The Nanaimo RCMP is profiling individuals with outstanding warrants for their arrest stemming from allegations in Nanaimo. Some of the warrants have been on the system for several years while others were recently issued. 
If you have information on their whereabouts, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

#1 Percy Khambata (57-12-12) Age 62
Nanaimo RCMP file # 2019-24480

Wanted for: Assault with a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to the Public Peace
Descriptors: non-white male, 5 ft.4, 200 pounds, grey hair and known to wear a beard
Details of warrant: On the evening of June 27th 2019 the downtown Commercial St market was in full swing with hundreds of people wandering about the streets sampling wears and food offered by the many vendors. Around 7:15 pm several people heard yelling and screaming from an individual who appeared to be directing his rage at some vendors. Several calls to 911 said this person was brandishing a knife in a menacing and threatening way.
Prior to police arriving, Khambata got into a physical confrontation with another male who managed to hold Khambata until police arrived. The 6-inch serrated knife that KHAMBATA was seen with, was located nearby and seized by police.

Khambata entered a plea of not guilty and court date of February 3rd,2020 was set. Khambata failed to appear and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Investigators have been unable to locate KHAMABATA and believe he may have moved out of province.

2 - RCMP pursuing long-time wanted files – Harley Jackson

Harley Jackson

The Nanaimo RCMP is profiling individuals with outstanding warrants for their arrest stemming from allegations in Nanaimo. Some of the warrants have been on the system for several years while others were recently issued. 

With the power of social media, we hope to locate these individuals, wherever they may be, and hold them accountable for the crimes they have allegedly committed. If you have information on their whereabouts, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

#2 Harley Rae JACKSON (83-12-03) age 36
Nanaimo RCMP file # 2019-24076

Wanted for: Break and Enter, Mischief 
Descriptors: White male, 5 ft. 9, 180 pounds, black hair
Tattoos on right and left wrist of Celtic design  
Details of warrant: On the evening of June 25th 2019 the owner of the Travellers Lodge on Nelson St, called police to report hearing voices and footsteps walking in the upstairs of his building. The building is privately owned and the caller indicated there should be no one other than himself present. Police attended and found extensive damage to interior walls where it appears, individuals had cut through the dry wall to access copper piping. Outside the building, an adult male was located nearby and arrested while the investiation continued. Jackson was later released from police custody. 
Forensic Identification specialists attended and based on their examination and findings,  Jackson was identified as being in the building. An arrest warrant was issued and to date, officers have been unable to him.