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Suspect in store-egging and minivan axe-hacking arrested outside Island gas station

Police are saying recent Comox Valley axe attacks on cars may be connected to Campbell River egging

Earlier this month a man entered a Campbell River phone store and unleashed a carton of eggs on its walls and displays while two stunned clerks looked on.

Earlier this week, police in the neighbouring Comox Valley issued a release that they were looking for a man, a blue 2013 Honda Civic with Nova Scotia plates, and a motive in connection with at least two vehicles that had been hacked with an axe.

On Thursday (Oct. 28), Comox Valley RCMP received a report of a man damaging a vehicle with an axe in a parking lot on the 700-block of Ryan Road in Courtenay. Frontline members went to the area and located the man inside his vehicle.

“He was safely arrested and will remain in custody pending a court appearance,” said Const. Monika Terragni, Comox Valley RCMP media relations officer. “We are currently investigating incidents in Courtenay, Port Alberni and Campbell River in which this man may have been involved.”

Bev Thompson-Orr works at the Superstore gas station and witnessed the arrest between 9 and 9:30 a.m. She said she saw a large police presence, so went to take a peek.

“I walked out and saw a gun, and heard ‘Get on the ground!’” she said.

Thompson-Orr said the man was laying on the road, and wearing a white baseball hat, which was left behind. She said she knew straight away the arrest might have something to do with the police search underway.

“I saw the car was blue, and figured it had to be the same one police were looking for.”

Reports earlier in the month indicated the vehicle and plate (Nova Scotia licence GTC968) matched an incident in Campbell River where an individual entered the Quinsam Communications Discovery Centre location and began yelling about 5G technology before throwing a carton’s worth of eggs around the store.

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- With files from Ronan O’Doherty/Campbell River Mirror

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Erin Haluschak

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Erin Haluschak is a journalist with the Comox Valley Record since 2008. She is also the editor of Trio Magazine...
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