Nanaimo RCMP investigate unprovoked attack on homeless person 

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Nanaimo RCMP are investigating after reports that a 24-year-old homeless man was struck with a metal pipe or similar object and was transported to hospital with head and facial trauma.

Witnesses told police the man was sitting on Museum Way around 11 p.m. on Oct. 2 when three male suspects dressed in dark clothing approached him, appeared to ask him a question and then struck him with a metal pipe.

The men ran in the direction of Gordon Street and were last seen getting into a black minivan that drove toward Terminal Avenue, according to RCMP.

“This appears to be an unprovoked attack on a person in our community who was unable to defend himself,” said Const. Simon Gallimore, media relations officer.

RCMP are asking anyone who witnessed the attack or has dash cam or other video footage from the area between Museum Way, Commercial Street, Terminal Avenue and Gordon Street between 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Oct .2 to contact Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2021-37118.

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