Man arrested for arson to school

North Cowichan\Duncan

2021-01-20 15:28 PST

File # 2021-801

A 36-year-old Duncan man has been arrested for arson following an investigation into suspicious fires at Drinkwater Elementary School on January 11, 2021 and Ecole Mount Prevost on January 15th, 2021.

North Cowichan / Duncan frontline officers, bike section, general investigation section and integrated forensic identification section have worked tirelessly to gather evidence related to both school fires and locate those responsible.

On January 19, 2021 officers located and arrested a man in connection to these fires. The 36-year-old Duncan man was later released on a number of conditions and is expected to appear in provincial court in March. The man is on conditions, which include not attending within 200 meters of any school, not to possess anything capable of starting a fire and to report to adult probation.

"We are very grateful for the quick work and through investigation from the North Cowichan / Duncan RCMP," said Candace Spilsbury, Chair of the Board of Education. "With a suspect identified we know our school communities, and our community at large, can breathe a sigh of relief."

North Cowichan / Duncan police officers are still actively working on these investigations and appreciate any witnesses who can come forward with home surveillance video or dash cam video in the neighbourhoods near Drinkwater Elementary School on January 11, 2021 and Ecole Mount Prevost on January 15th, 2021.

Released by

Sgt. Trevor Busch

Operations Support NCO
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP
6060 Canada Ave, Duncan, BC V9L 1V3
Office: 250-748-5522
Fax: 250-746-2126

Email: NCD-Media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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