The quick response by Nanaimo RCMP officers is being credited with stopping a violent home invasion while it was in progress.
Three men were arrested within minutes of breaking into a home on Howard Avenue last Thursday.
Police were called to the residence in the 600-block of Howard following the report of a home invasion in progress.
It was reported the three males had pushed their way into the home and were apparently searching for a previous tenant.
The existing tenants denied any knowledge of the previous tenant and, in doing so, were assaulted.
Police say that at one point they were allegedly threatened with a machete.
Officers entered the home during the melee and arrested the three men.
The victims of the home invasion suffered no significant injuries.
27- year old Kyle McHugh, 37- year old Jason Froude and 40-year old Steven Desjarlais were held in custody and charged with Break and Enter, Assault with a Weapon and Uttering Threats.
McHugh and Froude appeared in Nanaimo Provincial court and were remanded until April 11th.
Desjarlais has been released on conditions.