Suspect arrested after random home invasion in Fort St. John

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One person was arrested after an apparently random home invasion in Fort St. John’s downtown area.

The incident happened early Saturday morning at the Wesnor Apartments at 97 Ave. and 98 St.

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Sergeant Steve Perret with the Fort St. John RCMP says the residents of a neighbouring apartment called police about a disturbance next door. When police arrived at the apartment the suspect had already fled, but the victim provided police with a description of the male.

Police quickly located a male matching the suspect’s description nearby and arrested him. Police say the male was later identified as the suspect but was released on a promise to appear in court.

Perrett says that the suspect punched and kicked the victim several times and threatened to kill him. He also says that the suspect left behind what police believe is stolen property.

The victim has already identified himself as reporter Ryan Lux with the Alaska Highway News through an editorial he wrote for the newspaper.

In the editorial Lux says his apartment door had been left unlocked, which he attributed as being a factor in the break and enter. Police could not confirm that Lux’s door was unlocked at the time of the break-in; however, a locked door can often act as a deterrent.

To help avoid being a victim of a break and enter or home invasion, Perret suggests ensuring all doors and windows in a home are locked and secured, including having a good quality deadbolt, and keeping a few indoor and outdoor lights on, even if people are in the home or asleep.  He says lights will often act as a deterrent since thieves are less likely to approach a home that could allow potential witnesses to see what they are doing.

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