Man faces assault with weapon charge after Nanaimo home invasion

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A 35-year-old Nanaimo man faces an assault with a weapon charge after a home invasion last week.

RCMP responded around 6:50 p.m. on Jan. 6 to a report of a home invasion on Second Street and located a suspicious vehicle attempting to leave the scene of the crime, according to a media release from Nanaimo RCMP. Four men were arrested and taken to the police detachment.

When investigators arrived on scene they found a victim, a man in his early 20s, with minor injuries from an altercation with the suspects.

The 35-year-old Nanaimo man was released from police custody on criminal court appearance documents for Assault with a Weapon. His first appearance date is set for March 15 in Nanaimo Provincial Court. The remaining men were released from police custody without charge.

“The response by officers to this dangerous volatile situation was a clear cut example of the strong communication between 9-1-1 dispatchers, general duty patrol officers and specialized plain clothes units, whose goal is to ensure the safety of the citizens of Nanaimo,” said Const. Gary O’Brien.

Police believe the assault was an isolated incident and there is no further risk to the public.

RCMP continue to investigate and ask for anyone who witnessed the event to contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 and quote file #2022-554.

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