Man arrested after 'firearm' pointed at New West stranger

A local man got the scare of a lifetime after having a weapon pointed at him in downtown New Westminster.

The man came to the police station at 7:40 p.m. on July 6 saying that he had been “threatened with a firearm,” said the New Westminster Police Department.

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“The victim said that the suspect was still in the area, only a short distance away from the police station,” which is located at 555 Columbia St.

A detailed description of the suspect was provided and police officers ran to search the area. A man matching the suspect description was found nearby and as he was being taken into custody a firearm fell from his jacket, police say.

“Upon closer inspection officers learned this was a very realistic imitation handgun,” said Sgt. Jeff Scott. “These imitation guns can be indistinguishable from the real thing. We photographed this imitation handgun next to a real one, so people can see for themselves how closely they appear.”

This is the third occurrence NWPD have investigated in the past six weeks involving a replica firearm.

Charges have been recommended to Crown counsel for assault with a weapon, possession for a dangerous purpose, and carry a concealed weapon.

 

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