A Vernon man is in police custody on Vancouver Island after a violent home invasion Saturday morning.
The incident happened shortly before 3 a.m. at a residence in Courtenay when a masked man kicked in the front door while the male and female residents were sleeping.
A physical altercation ensued between the masked man, who was armed with a handgun, and the male resident, while the female called 911.
The masked intruder fled the residence and was tracked and apprehended by the RCMP police service dog a short time later.
The residents were shaken but uninjured.
Police in Courtenay say this was not a random act, that the residence was targeted and is drug-related.
The file is still under investigation.
Michael Paul Grant is facing a total of 10 charges including break enter and commit robbery, disguise with intent and use of a firearm while committing an offence. He was remanded in custody pending his next court appearance Thursday.