Nanaimo man arrested with a loaded crossbow


2023-02-21 13:46 PST

File # 2023-5722

A man is in police custody for Robbery and several weapons offences for allegedly brandishing a loaded crossbow. The incident occurred near the intersection of Milton Street and Nicol Street shortly after 7 AM on Saturday February 18th, 2023.

Front line officers responded to a report of an individual who was reportedly threatened and robbed by a man who was in possession of a pistol and a hunting crossbow. Officers located the suspect in nearby bushes and retrieved a loaded crossbow and several knives. The firearm however was not located.

The purchase of this cross bow was actually reported to police just days prior by staff at a Nanaimo retail store who were concerned about the purchase", said R/Cst Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Dustin Pacheco of Nanaimo appeared in a brief bail hearing on the Saturday night and was ordered remanded into police custody. His next court appearance is set for February 22, 2023.

This is another example of the community working with the police to ensure the public’s safety after witnessing what they believed to be a suspicious purchase of a dangerous weapon, said R/Cst. Gary O’Brien.

Released by:

Cst. Gary O'Brien
Media Relations Officer
Nanaimo RCMP
303 Prideaux St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 2N3
Office: 250-755-4460 Ext. 4533
Cell: 250-713-0701
Fax: 250-755-3238


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