A 20 year-old Regina male has been charged following a weapons call to the downtown area on Saturday April 2, 2016.
At approximately 3:22 p.m., on Saturday, April 2, 2016, police were dispatched to 11th Avenue in downtown Regina for a report of male who was waving what appeared to be a firearm. The male was observed pulling a gun from his pocket and holding it to the neck of another person, while pushing him up against a wall. Police obtained a suspect description and located a suspect male near the Regina Public library with an airsoft gun tucked into his waistband. The orange safety tip of the air soft gun had been painted black, making it look more like a real firearm. The male was also found to be in possession of a quantity of drugs.
Twenty year-old Patrick James AKAPEW, DOB: 1995-06-02, of Regina, is charged with Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose [88 CC]; Carrying a Concealed Weapon [90 CC]; Possession of a Scheduled Substance [4(5) CDSA]; and three charges of Breach of Probation [733.1(1) CC]. AKAPEW made his first court appearance on these charges in Provincial Court at 9:30 a.m., Monday, April 4, 2016.
The Regina Police Service reminds the public that anything that looks like a firearm is treated like the real thing until police know otherwise. A situation such as this, with the air soft pistol altered to make it look real, could have had tragic consequences. The Regina Police Service commends members of the public for promptly reporting a potential firearm and emphasizes that such reports are taken very seriously.