Police arrested a man outside Safeway on Friday evening after receiving a report of a man carrying an axe on Baker St.

Axe arrest sparks social media furor

Police caution against social media hysteria after arrest.

Social media was set afire on Friday evening after Cranbrook RCMP arrested a bloodied man outside Safeway.

Police made the arrest without incidnet after a call from a concerned resident reported that the man was walking on Baker St. with an axe.

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The 46-year-old man Cranbrook resident was taken to cells and is facing charges of breaching his conditions.

“There was a lot of speculation on social media about this incident. Cranbrook RCMP want to stress that not everything that is said on social media platforms is the truth. Cranbrook RCMP has a very good relationship with the media outlets in town. If something serious would have occurred that could have put the community at jeopardy, rest assured there would have been a notification from the Cranbrook RCMP,” says Cst Katie Forgeron.

The man will appear in court at a later date.

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