Things went down in the underground


2021-02-10 14:55 PST

File # 2021-1156

On February 5, at 1:00 p.m., an alert observer called the police after witnessing a suspicious male and female in the underground parkade on Memorial Avenue in Qualicum Beach.

Upon attendance, police found two people well known to them. Parksville residents, 30 year old male, Stephen Michael McKnight and 22 year old female, Dakota Darian Rayner. Both of them had outstanding arrest warrants and were taken into custody without incident.

The vehicle the suspects had arrived in was seized and a warrant to search it was obtained. Inside the vehicle police found a significant quantity of drugs, stolen property and a handgun.

In addition to several charges resulting from this incident, the pair was found to be breaching conditions previously imposed upon them by the courts. One of which was a no contact order between the pair. The pair was held for court on February 9, where they made their first appearance.

The courts released Rayner on further conditions and McKnight was held in custody until March 2, when they will both appear in court again.

The keen observations of our complainant ensured officers were able to coordinate a response that allowed for an effective and safe apprehension of this prolific offender, without further endangering the public. – states Sgt. Stephen Rose. The presence of illicit substances and a restricted firearm raise the risk for all involved.

Released by

Cpl. Jesse Foreman

Operations Support NCO
Oceanside RCMP
421 Pym Street North, Parksville, BC V9P 1B9
Office: 250-248-6111 extension 245


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