David Arlen Thomas is wanted by Nanaimo RCMP. (Photo submitted)

Man allegedly breaks into Nanaimo home, bear-sprays woman

RCMP ask for the public’s help to try to locate David Arlen Thomas, whom they call a ‘violent offender’

A man who is wanted by Nanaimo RCMP allegedly made another break-in attempt at a home he is not allowed to visit.

According to a police press release, on June 7, David Arlen Thomas allegedly broke into a house in north Nanaimo where a woman was present, and though she was able to flee, he allegedly chased her, sprayed bear spray at her and fled on a bicycle.

“These were terrifying experiences for the female and it appears the violence is escalating,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, in the release. “We are doing what we can to help with her personal safety and we are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Thomas and to hold him accountable for his actions.”

RCMP previously issued a press release advising that Thomas, 26, was wanted for break-and-enter and breaching the terms of his probation following a March 23 incident when he was suspected of trying to break into a north Nanaimo home. Police say Thomas is prohibited from going to that particular property and from possessing tools that could be used in break-ins.

Thomas is 5-foot-7, 140 pounds and has a tattoo spelling ‘Indian’ on his left forearm. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.



editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Mary Lowther column: Growing out your own seeds

Some crops like tomatoes don’t cross pollinate well

‘Made in the Cowichan Valley’ coming to a wine bottle near you

Buyers across the province will soon be able to pick up a… Continue reading

Minivan driver’s speed a factor in fatal 2018 Malahat crash

Driver was travelling at 101 km/h in a construction zone

B.C. sees 25 new COVID-19 cases, community exposure tracked

One death, outbreaks remain in two long-term care facilities

B.C. Ferries increasing passenger capacity after COVID-19 restrictions

Transport Canada 50-per-cent limit being phased out, no current plans to provide masks

Shellfish industry get funds to clean up at Island sites and beyond

Businesses can apply to cover half of costs to clean up so-called ‘ghost gear’

BREAKING: Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada

After the surgery, transplant patients face a long recovery

Grocers appear before MPs to explain decision to cut pandemic pay

Executives from three of Canada’s largest grocery chains have defended their decision to end temporary wage increases

Bringing support to Indigenous students and communities, while fulfilling a dream

Mitacs is a nonprofit organization that operates research and training programs

RCMP ‘disappointed’ by talk that race a factor in quiet Rideau Hall arrest

Corey Hurren, who is from Manitoba, is facing 22 charges

NHL’s Canadian hubs offer little economic benefit, but morale boost is valuable: experts

Games are slated to start Aug. 1 with six Canadian teams qualifying for the 24-team resumption of play

Most Read