Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Man Beaten By Two Unknown Males - Arrested

On February 15th 2016, at around at 12:22 am, the Nanaimo RCMP were called to the parking lot of the TD Bank on Nicol St after calls of a male bleeding and screaming for help.
Officers and BC Ambulance Service attended to the injured male who told police, he had been at a rural roadside location south of Nanaimo and had arranged to meet someone he knew there to buy car parts. Just after he arrived, he got out of his vehicle to meet with his acquaintance, he was accosted and severely beaten by two unknown Caucasian males.

The suspects put the victim into his own truck and got in with him. One of the suspects pointed a handgun at the victim then drove him back into town so he could withdraw money from his account. One male kept him at gun point in his vehicle while another suspect followed in a black jeep wrangler.
Upon arriving at the bank, an armoured car was there with armed guards to service the ATM. The victim managed to escape and ran towards the guards. The suspects then drove away with both vehicles. The victim was taken to hospital and treated for injuries to his head and hand.

At around 4:50 am, a black jeep wrangler matching the description took off on an officer making patrols. The vehicle was pursued through the streets of Nanaimo and onto the parkway northbound with four occupants. The vehicle ended up in a driveway on Harwood Rd in Lantzville, and the four people inside fled. After a brief foot pursuit utilizing several officers and the Police Service Dog, two males and two females were arrested.
“Any time we pursue a vehicle, we must constantly weigh the risks. In this case a serious offence had been committed, and the identification and apprehension of the suspect was deemed necessary in the interest of the public.”, said Corporal Jon Stuart of the Nanaimo RCMP. 

A pellet handgun was located in possession of one of the suspects.The Jeep Wrangler was later reported as stolen overnight by the owner. The victim’s vehicle was also recovered later in the day, parked in a residential neighbourhood in Nanaimo. The four accused remain in custody while the investigation is continuing. 


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