A 44-year-old man has been arrested after he walked into a business on Allsbrook Road wielding a machete and reportedly acting “crazy.”
Oceanside RCMP, according to a news release from Jesse Foreman, responded to a lone male who walked into a business Allsbrook Road around 10:30 a.m. Thursday (July 26), wielding a large machete.
“He smashed the machete on the counter and then left the shop on a motorcycle,” Foreman said in the release.
The man then arrived at a neighbouring business where he broke into a travel trailer, said Foreman. After “severely damaging the trailer,” the man turned his attention to a home on the property.
“He approached the home and used his machete to smash his way in through a sliding glass door.”
Inside the home was a woman and her two young children who were startled and quickly fled out the front door,” according to RCMP.
“He continued to smash items in the home and then proceeded to jump on the roof which is where he was found, summoned down, and arrested by the police.”
The suspect, a Parksville man, was not known to any of the business owners or the mother and her children, Foreman said.
Foreman said it appeared to police, “and was reported by the suspect” that he was “mentally unstable due to excessive drug use.”
RCMP said the man has been taken for a psychiatric assessment and will then be held on several charges for court.