Courtenay resident pulls flare gun on Canadian Tire employees
A 37-year-old Courtenay resident has been arrested after assualting and threatening Canadian Tire employees during a suspected shoplifter over the weekend in the Island community.
Shortly before 10 a.m. on Saturday (November 3), employees reported seeing a woman attempting to leave the store without paying for over a thousand dollars with of merchandise.
When the suspect was confronted by a staff member, she allegedly produced a loaded flare gun.
The flare gun was painted black and appeared to be a firearm. This same woman then allegedly threatened to kill the employee while shoving the gun into her the employee’s stomach.
Another employee tried to help, he was bitten by the suspect. The gun ended up being knocked from the suspect’s hands a couple of times and the suspect is then alleged to have pulled a knife.
The suspect was able to break free and flee the store, however she was arrested moments later in the parking lot by the Courtenay RCMP.
Mandy Lynn Bouzane has been charged with robbery using a firearm – Section 344(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada and assault.
Bouzane remains in custody.