Nelson police “strategically” hit a man with one of their vehicles Friday to disarm and arrest him.
They say it began Friday around 1:25 p.m. when police were called to a disturbance at the Ministry of Children and Families office on Victoria Street. The suspect left, but was found downtown by officers, at which point he ran away.
Police then received a call from the courthouse about someone causing a disturbance in the waiting area, confronting lawyers, yelling and swearing.
He then ran down Front Street and was located in front of the Prestige Lakeside Resort by a city bylaw officer who radioed that the man was threatening him with a knife.
When police arrived, the man took a phone from the resort’s spa and ran towards the mall, where he was intercepted by police, and then ran onto the nearby field.
Police say by this time he had a knife and a pair of scissors.
“The man was strategically struck by a police vehicle to knock him down in order to disarm him and take him into custody,” Sgt. Janet Scott-Pryke said in a news release.
He was taken to Kootenay Lake Hospital to be assessed under the Mental Health Act.
He’s facing 12 charges including threatening, causing a disturbance, and theft.
Assault at Ward and Baker
A 29-year-old man and 21-year-old woman woman are charged with assault causing bodily harm after an incident shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Ward and Baker streets.
Police say the victim received severe facial injuries and was taken by ambulance to Kootenay Lake Hospital.
Although the female suspect was taken into custody, the man ran away and was arrested later. They were released on conditions and a promise to appear in court December 4.
Meat bandit strikes
A 43-year-old man was arrested Saturday afternoon after staff at the Kootenay Co-op flagged them down to say they spotted a man trying to shoplift meat.
The suspect ran into the lane behind the store but police stopped him.
They found that he’d been drinking. He was held until sober and then released on a promise to appear in court January 8.
It’s the second attempted meat theft in recent months in Nelson.