Police evacuated a nearby daycare and sought help from a tactical unit as they arrested a known dangerous offender on Tuesday afternoon.
Acting on a tip they received earlier in the day, police located 35-year-old Nathan Myles in a residence in the 3000 block of Sprott Road, north of Duncan. Police say that â€œalleged additional violent offencesâ€ had been committed by Myles at the Sprott Road home on Tuesday, but did not give any further details.
Myles was wanted in connection with a series of violent offences, including a serious assault on an 18-year-old Duncan woman.
Knowing that Myles is prone to violence, the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP requested assistance from the Islandâ€™s tactical unit.
â€œGiven the violent history of the individual involved in this case, we deployed the Island District RCMP Emergency Response Team to assist us with this arrest,â€ Island District RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Darren Lagan said. â€œTheir expertise ensures that arrests of this nature are conducted efficiently and safely, increasing the likelihood of a peaceful resolution for all involved.â€
The nearby Parkside Daycare, which occupies the former Somenos Rural Traditional School building, was evacuated during the arrest.
â€œOut of an abundance of caution, the occupants of a nearby daycare facility were moved to a safe location away from this property, prior to officers making contact with the suspect,â€ Lagan said. â€œThe cooperation of the children, their parents, and the daycare staff is appreciated.â€
Myles was arrested without incident, and will remain in police custody until he appears in court. He is facing charges of harassment, unlawful confinement, assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, two counts of assault, and four counts of uttering threats. The date for his next appearance has not been set.