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Man arrested, in custody following alleged hatchet-threatening incident: Grand Forks RCMP

According to police in Grand Forks, B.C., staff at a downtown business along the 400 block of Market Avenue were allegedly threatened by a man with a hatchet. File / Global News

A man who allegedly threatened people in Grand Forks, B.C., with a hatchet earlier this week is in custody awaiting charges.

Police say Cody Mernickle, 25, has been charged with uttering threats, possessing a weapon dangerous to public peace, breach of recognizance and breach of probation from an incident stemming on Dec. 19.

According to Grand Forks RCMP, staff at a downtown business along the 400 block of Market Avenue were allegedly threatened by a man with a hatchet.

Police added that no one was injured in the ordeal, but staff were clearly shaken by the incident.

READ MORE: Northern B.C. man arrested after using hatchet in violent robbery in Victoria

Grand Forks RCMP said an off-duty officer located the suspect later that evening and called for an on-shift officer to attend. The man was taken into custody without incident.

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“This male has been causing a lot of grief and fear within the downtown business district,” Sgt. Darryl Peppler said in a press release.

“Hopefully this arrest will bring some peace of mind to the downtown businesses and at the same time provide Mr. Mernickle with some much-needed assistance.”

Police said Mernickle is expected to be in custody throughout the weekend, with his next court appearance set for Dec. 24 in Rossland.

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