On Friday evening December 17th, the on duty cell guard interrupted an unknown suspect in an apparent arson attempt to the local RCMP detachment. The suspect had broken a window at the Queen Charlotte RCMP detachment and fled the scene, leaving behind evidence indicating that his intentions were to willfully cause a fire.
At approximately 9:10 pm Friday evening, the cell guard on shift, heard a noise coming from the front detachment work area. The guard saw a male standing on the outside of a smashed window catching the suspect by surprise.
A 4l jug of gasoline and a marine type flare were also found lying on the floor inside the detachment, below the broken window. At the time of the incident , the on duty officer was not in the building and was notified. Immediate patrols in the community for potential suspects were negative.
"This case is quite disturbing, considering that a fire in one of our buildings could cause injury or worse to staff or to persons lodged in cells. In addition, the suspects actions could have caused a major disruption to police and ambulance service to the community as both RCMP and the BCAS share the building" stated Cpl Dan Moskaluk.
The suspect is described as: male, 6 ft tall, wearing a knit touque and matching sweater, and may have had an odour of gas emitting from his person as a result of spilling gas.