BC: Students from Saudi Arabia face charges after fake gun pointed at couple in Victoria

In a case Victoria police spokesman Const. Mike Russell called “people doing stupid things,” two students from Saudi Arabia have been charged with pointing a firearm at a couple strolling down Store Street last week.

Meshal Alharbi and Mohammad Alhussain, both 23, turned themselves over police on the evening of Nov. 20. They were arrested and charged with carrying a replica firearm for a dangerous purpose, pointing a firearm, assault with a firearm, using a replica firearm to threaten and assault, and threatening to cause death or bodily harm.

Alharbi is also charged with carrying a concealed restricted weapon and having his face masked with intent to commit an offence.

Victoria provincial court Judge Ernie Quantz released both men on $10,000 bail and ordered them to surrender their passports to the court registry, where they will be kept until a further court order.

After his decision, Quantz told Alhussain that Canada is a very welcoming country to newcomers and students…