Guilty pleas entered by alleged airport offender

Steps taken in regard to a Feb. 16 rampage at Castlegar airport

A man facing numerous charges relating to a violent February 16 episode at the West Kootenay Regional Airport has pled guilty to each count.

The case of Aaron Nichol Welch, now 29, was heard in Nelson Provincial Court on Tuesday, May 13.

Welch has been charged with: Aggravated Assault, 11 counts of Mischief (to vehicles), Resist Arrest, and Theft of Motor Vehicle.

The spree had reportedly involved vandalism, theft and an attack on a 63-year-old man who required subsequent medical attention following a stabbing to the face.

Various measures had apparently been taken to stop the rampage, including those by the man who had initially called police over the incident. The suspect was reportedly fleeing in the pickup belonging to the stabbing victim, when rammed by the vehicle driven by the caller.

“The vehicle began rolling down the hill,” according to a police news release, “and struck the police car as the officer arrived, causing front-end damage.”

Welch’s next court appearance is scheduled at Nelson Provincial Court on Tuesday, June 10.