Man arrested after wielding knife at RCMP officers

On Dec. 14 at approximately 2:25 a.m, members of the Prince Rupert RCMP responded to a complaint of a disturbance in the 1200 block of Summit Avenue in Prince Rupert, B.C.

Upon arrival to the scene police observed a large group of youth standing in the street. The group appeared to be yelling and pushing each other. As police began to ascertain what was transpiring, a person in the crowd yelled that there was a man who was brandishing a large kitchen knife. Police immediately turned their attention to the individual that had been identified.

The man began to advance towards police in a threatening manner with the knife still in hand. After several attempts commanding that he drop the knife, compliance was received and he was taken into custody without further incident.

This man has been identified as a Prince Rupert area man and is currently being held in custody. He is scheduled to make his first appearance on Dec. 16 at the Prince Rupert Provincial Law Court for alleged charges relating to Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, Assault with a Weapon and four counts of Breach of Recognizance.

"Due to the quick thinking of the police officer involved and their ability to deescalate the situation, we are thankful that this event ended peacefully and without further incident," said Cst. Matt Ericson, spokesman for the Prince Rupert RCMP.

"Without this member's sound judgement this circumstance could have had potentially devastating consequences."

As this investigation is ongoing, the Prince Rupert RCMP is asking anyone that may have information regarding this incident to contact the Prince Rupert RCMP Detachment at 250-627-0700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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