On April 5, at approximately 1:10 p.m., Pictou County District RCMP responded to a report of a man in distress near Hedgeville Rd. in Hedgeville.
RCMP officers began making attempts to find David Tobin-Chisholm, 35, of Pictou County.
Shortly after 2 p.m., Tobin-Chisholm was reported to be driving a stolen vehicle, which was located by RCMP officers in River John. Witnesses advised officers that they saw a person fleeing from the vehicle on foot.
Information was then received that he may be in possession of a firearm.
RCMP officers secured the area, including a home on Sergeant Ln. in River John and a home on Hedgeville Rd. in Hedgeville. Members of the Nova Scotia RCMP Emergency Response Team and RCMP Police Dog Services were also dispatched to assist.
At 3:14 p.m., the Nova Scotia RCMP issued an emergency alert via the Alert Ready system to Pictou County, advising residents of River John to shelter in place. Sightings reported by the public were investigated by RCMP officers and partner police agencies in Pictou County; they were determined to be unfounded.
RCMP officers searched the homes on both Sergeant Ln. and Hedgeville Rd.; however, Tobin-Chisholm was not located.
At 8:38 p.m., the emergency alert was cancelled and residents of River John were advised they no longer needed to shelter.
Tobin-Chisholm failed to appear in Pictou Provincial Court on April 4, 2023, for unrelated matters, and as result, a province-wide warrant was issued for his arrest. The charges Tobin-Chisholm faces, as listed on the warrant, are:
· Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose;
· Engaging in Threatening Conduct;
· Break and Enter with Intent;
· Uttering Threats;
· Theft under $5,000;
· Failure to Comply with Conditions (6 counts)
Tobin-Chisholm is described as 5-foot-6, approximately 145 pounds. He has a shaved head and hazel eyes.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Tobin-Chisholm is asked to not approach him and to contact Pictou County District RCMP at 902-485-4333. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers, toll-free, at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.
The investigation is ongoing, and charges related to yesterday’s incidents in River John are anticipated.