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Report of break and enter quickly escalates to attempted murder investigation at Anahim Lake

A 30-year-old man is facing attempted murder charges following what first appeared to be a break and enter at a residence in Anahim Lake, west of Williams Lake.

Anahim Lake RCMP were called out to a possible break and enter in progress at a residence in the 6600-block of West Street in Anahim Lake just before 5 a.m. Saturday, February 2.

The residents were visibly upset and told police that a man had come to their home, damaged their vehicle, forced his way into the home and destroyed property within the house. During the course of the investigation police learned that the man had used and threatened the victims with a firearm.

The victims recognized the suspect as he is known to them. Police located the suspect at another residence and was arrested without incident.

BC Prosecution Services have charged Maverick Anthony West with attempted murder, robbery, break and enter, possession of a weapon for dangerous purposes, unlawful possession of a firearm, pointing a firearm, assault, mischief and uttering threats.

West has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in provincial court on Wednesday February 12.

“This type of crime is not normally seen in our small, tight-knit community,” said Sgt. Scott Clay, NCO i/c Anahim Lake Detachment. “The safety of everyone is, and continues to be, our primary focus.”

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