A local man was threatened at gunpoint by masked men in Merritt last week.

The man reported to RCMP he was leaving a friend’s house on Voght Street around 8:50 p.m. on Feb. 3 when he noticed a black Lincoln Navigator idling on a nearby street.

The Navigator pulled up alongside his car shortly after he started driving. A man in the rear passenger seat of the Navigator wearing a balaclava covering his face was pointing a shotgun at him.

The men in the Navigator yelled threats and obscenities at the victim, who put his car in reverse and drove home. The suspect vehicle did not appear to follow him, the man told police.

It appears the suspects mistook the victim for another Merritt resident who is known to police, according to an RCMP press release.

Merritt RCMP received a call from the man at 9:05 p.m. describing the situation and the vehicle, which matched a description of a vehicle known to police.

By 9:20 p.m., police located the vehicle near Nicola Avenue and Houston Street and arrested the three men inside without incident.

Twenty-four-year-old Edward Soviak, from Coquitlam; 24-year-old Mark Kraljevic from Surrey and Merritt; and 27-year-old Tyler Grieve of Coquitlam and Merritt face charges of assault with a weapon. They are scheduled to appear in court in Merritt on March 18.

None of the charges against them have been proven in court.