Suspect arrested with needle attached to bow and arrow


2023-03-16 10:30 PDT

File # 2023-8485

Toy crossbow with needle fixed to end hypodermic needle that was fixed to end of toy crossbow

A 32-year-old Nanaimo man has been arrested on weapons charges and for assaulting a peace officer. The incident occurred at approximately 7 PM on Monday March 13th, 2023 ,in the parking lot of the Port Place Mall.

Officers responded to a report of a man who had allegedly been threatening staff and bystanders in the area with a stick and toy bow and arrow, that appeared to have a hypodermic needle extending  from the end. Officers quickly located the suspect and as they approached, the suspect fled. A short foot chase and struggle ensued which ended with the suspect being arrested and taken into police custody. 

32-year old Adam Cajander was held in custody to await a judicial bail hearing. On March 14, 2023, Cajander was formally charged with Assaulting a Police Officer, Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to the Public Peace, Uttering Threats and Resisting Arrest. He was then remanded into police custody to await his next court appearance that has been set for March 28, 2023. 

Released by

Cst. Gary O'Brien
Media Relations Officer
Nanaimo RCMP
303 Prideaux St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 2N3
Office: 250-755-4460 Ext. 4533
Cell: 250-713-0701
Fax: 250-755-3238


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