Timely police response stops break and enter in progress

March 26, 2024
Hanwell, New Brunswick

News release

A timely response by RCMP members stopped a break and enter in progress in Hanwell, N.B.

On March 16, 2024, at approximately 10 p.m., members of the Keswick RCMP received a report of a break and enter in progress at a church in Hanwell, N.B. Within minutes, an officer arrived at the scene and intercepted a man who was in the process of fleeing. The officer attempted to arrest the man and an altercation ensued. During the altercation, the man threatened the officer with weapons. Another officer arrived on scene and the male was taken into custody.

The man was searched subsequent to the arrest, and police seized evidence believed to be directly related to the break and enter.

On March 21, Arthur Rocha appeared in Fredericton Provincial Court, and was charged with:

  • Obstructing a Peace Officer
  • Assaulting a Peace Officer
  • Assaulting a Peace Officer with a weapon
  • Breaking, entering and committing
  • Possession of break-in instruments

The New Brunswick RCMP is committed to ensuring the safety and security of New Brunswickers through proactive patrols in our communities. Being present in our communities allows officers to respond to incidents in a timely manner. The public plays an important role in helping to reduce, prevent, and solve crime. If you see something suspicious, please report it to your local police so that officers can investigate. Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by downloading the secure P3 Mobile App, or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimenb.ca.


Contact information

Sgt. Andre Lauzon
Keswick Detachment
West District RCMP

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