NANAIMO — North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP have arrested another man in the latest string of aggressive incidents in the area.
According to Cpl. Krista Hobday, Jordan Robert Joseph Kopp allegedly robbed a 51-year-old woman at a Duncan ATM just before 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18. Hobday said he's then charged with robbing the Coronation Market at approximately 1 p.m., where he was arrested.
Hobday said when police arrived at the market, they found Kopp already subdued outside the store.
“The store owners decided he wasn't getting any further. They were able to bring him to the ground,” she said. “I think when the witnesses saw that the storeowners are willing to risk their safety by doing this, they jumped in. Obviously there's safety in numbers and with the assistance of a little more body weight, they were able to keep him on the ground.”
According to witnesses a weapon was there at the alleged market robbery but Hobday couldn't comment if it had been used in the crime or not.
Kopp is charged with assault and wearing a disguise relating to the alleged ATM incident, as well as robbery and wearing a disguise for allegedly robbing Coronation Market. He is in custody and will appear in court May 2.
This is the latest violent incident in the area.
On March 17, shots were fired at Fisheries and Oceans officers in the course of an arrest. On March 28, a personal dispute boiled over into an assault and an armed break and enter happened on April 11.
“I think we all have to admit there's been some very newsworthy incidents where excessive violence has been involved,” Hobday said.
The investigation is ongoing. If anyone has any information on the incidents, they're urged to call North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP or Crime Stoppers.
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