First degree murder charges laid against Nanaimo man in Brentwood Bay murder


WATCH: We now know more about a deadly weekend incident that has unsettled residents of the Brentwood Bay neighbourhood in Central Saanich. The man arrested in connection with the murder has now been formally charged. Luisa Alvarez has the latest.

Brentwood Bay resident Chloe Webb said she had to see it for herself.

“Like just in small Brentwood Bay I don’t know it’s pretty shocking,” Webb said.

As officers gather evidence for the third day at the scene of what is described as a ‘violent struggle,’ Webb who lives just a few streets over says she felt compelled to drive by the scene of the crime that has rocked her quiet community, so the reality of what happened could sink in.

“I don’t know it might just make it feel more real,” said Webb.

READ MORE: ‘Violent struggle’ in Brentwood Bay leaves 1 dead, 2 in serious condition.

Twenty-year-old Emily Caruana was found murdered in her grandmother’s Meadowlark Lane house early Saturday morning.

Two others were seriously injured.

Those living near the quiet Brentwood Bay cul-de-sac say they were woken up by the sound of screams and glass breaking.

And Webb says she heard blaring sirens shortly after midnight.  “It doesn’t make me feel unsafe just because they said it wasn’t random if it was random then yeah definitely,” said Webb.

A witness recalled seeing a man flee the scene in a white car. That man was arrested shortly after by police.

Alan Charles Chapman has now been charged in connection with the killing of Emily Caruana.

So far, the 48-year-old Nanaimo man is facing one charge of first-degree murder.

Chapman’s former girlfriend of almost seven years who does not want her name used reacted to the news and was visibly shaken.

“It’s sad it’s sickening,” she said.

But how a young bright 20-year old’s world allegedly collided with Chapman’s is still unknown.

The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit has taken over the investigation. No further details have released by police.

Champman’s next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15th.

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