A Prince George man will be in court later today after police arrested him with a loaded handgun Tuesday.
Police were conducting regular patrols near Fifth Avenue and Tabor Boulevard just before 8 a.m. yesterday when they became suspicious of the driver of a pickup truck and attempted to stop the vehicle.
The driver of the pickup did not stop for police and fled east bound on Fifth Avenue at a high rate of speed, running a red light in the process, according to police. Due to public safety concerns, police did not pursue.
Just after 8 p.m., a member of the public called police and advised that a man was taking bikes and other items out of a pickup truck and stashing the items in the wooded area of a local park on Gillett Street.
The suspect was located on a bicycle a short distance away. He was arrested and found to be in possession of a loaded firearm. The truck and other items were located and seized as part of the investigation.
Johnny James Boys, 26, has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace, possession of a prohibited weapon without a licence, possession of a firearm for the purpose of transferring it, and failing to report a found firearm.
The investigation is continuing and further charges are possible. Boys was held in custody and will appear in court today. Boys is prohibited from driving and has a history of police involvement in Terrace, Dease Lake, Alberta and Prince George.
If you have any information about this incident, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca (English only). You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information that leads to the recovery of stolen property, you could be eligible for a cash reward.