Nanaimo RCMP search for man wanted on firearms charges who skipped court

Nanaimo RCMP search for man wanted on firearms charges who skipped court
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Alexander Howell is pictured.

RCMP are searching for a Nanaimo man who is wanted on firearms-related warrants who failed to appear for court.

Police are searching for Alexander Howell, 32, who was arrested in October for allegedly pointing a gun at someone earlier that month.

The incident occurred on Oct. 20, when Howell allegedly entered a local pub and was seen carrying a handgun. Later into the evening, he had an altercation with another person and pulled out the gun, pointing it at them.

No shots were fired and Howell left the pub in a vehicle before police arrived.

He was arrested 10 days later and was released on conditions until his next court date.

However, on Friday, police said he failed to appear for court, and warrants were issued for his arrest.

The warrants are related to use of an imitation firearm, assault with a weapon and carrying a concealed weapon.

Howell is described as an Indigenous man who stands 5’10” and weighs 180 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes and tattoos on both sides of his neck, including a large rose. Police say the picture provided of him is recent.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

None of the allegations against Howell have been tested in court.

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