NANAIMO — A crime spree was brought to a quick end in Duncan on Tuesday.
According to RCMP Cpl. Krista Hobday, Ryan William McDonald, 40, is said to have entered a business in the Duncan Mall on Tuesday, March 28 at approximately 6 p.m. and caused a scene by demanding cash from the till.
He then left the store, drove to a home in the Rockridge Road area and allegedly assaulted a man there before returning to the Duncan Mall parking lot.
RCMP arrested McDonald in the parking lot while attending to the initial incident at the store.
Hobday said McDonald drove dangerously in the busy parking lot at nearly 80 km/h and it was “pure luck” no one was injured.
The incident at the store and the house are related. “From what we understand, (McDonald) was motivated to do this from a personal perspective. Unfortunately he didn't take the opportunity to resolve his issues privately in a legal matter,” Hobday said.
She said there's no gang or drug affiliation in the matter.
McDonald was charged with assault, forcible entry, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and mischief and scheduled to appear at court today, March 29.
The investigation is ongoing.
Hobday said if anyone witnesses the various incidents on Tuesday, they're urged to contact North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP or Crimestoppers.
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