Despite long list of previous breach of release orders -- Man arrested for showing off replica pistol, released from custody by judge
FORT ST. JOHN -- Fort St. John RCMP say they responded to a report of a man ‘showing off a pistol’ in the area of 100th Street and 99th Avenue on Monday afternoon.
While officers were enroute the scene, police received a tip that the man had entered a business in the strip mall in the area of 100th Street and 98A Avenue.
Mounties entered the business and conducted a high risk take down at gun point with the suspect.
During the search of the suspect, a metal 1911 type pistol was located. The pistol was later determined to be a pellet gun.
“With some pellet and airsoft guns it is very difficult to differentiate between replica and real as many are created to look like the real deal,” said Constable Chad Neustaeter, Media Relations Officer for the Fort St John RCMP.
Police officers identified the man who was known to police as Raymond Peterkin.
Peterkin was arrested on his outstanding warrant as well as for Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose and for Breach of Release Order, as Peterkin was on a condition not to possess any weapons.
Peterkin was also facing a number of previous charges, including break and enter, possession of stolen property and a number of breach of release orders.
Despite the long list of previous charges, Judge Doulis released Peterkin from police custody on another release order.
The Prosecution was against Peterkin being released but the judge released him anyways.
B.C. has one of Canada’s strictest bail condition policies for prosecutors to ask for custody orders and for the suspect to be detained until trial.
Peterkin is expected to appear in court on November 20th.