Man Arrested in Assault at Nanaimo Hotel


2017-04-29 15:55 PDT

File # 2017-12423

A 28 year old man has been arrested in relation to an alleged assault at a Nanaimo hotel.

On Thursday April 27th, the Nanaimo RCMP received a complaint of an assault at a downtown hotel. The victim was reportedly assaulted, tied up, threatened, and had some property stolen. The victim sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital.

On Friday April 28th, the Nanaimo RCMP issued a news release and surveillance photo of the person allegedly responsible. Shortly thereafter, the ongoing investigation led to the identification of the suspect who was arrested without incident near the Terminal Park Mall in Nanaimo.

Gabriel Stephen Nelson, 28, of Qualicum Beach has since been charged with aggravated assault, Forcible confinement, and Robbery. He has been remanded in custody to appear in court on May 1st in Nanaimo.

Our investigation is continuing and will include looking at what may have motivated this assault" says Corporal Jon Stuart of the Nanaimo RCMP.
There is specific legislation in the criminal code that deals with hate crime. If a victim is targeted as a result of them belonging to an identifiable group based on factors like religion, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, sex, age, mental or physical disability, race, colour, language or any other similar factor and the offence meets the elements of a criminal offense, then it may be considered a hate crime.

If anyone has information regarding this offence they are asked to contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. You may contact Crime Stoppers, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477, if you wish to remain anonymous.

Released by

Cst. Gary O'Brien

Media Relations Officer
Community Policing Services, Nanaimo
303 Prideaux St, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 2N3
Office: 250-755-3257
Cell: 250-713-0701
Fax: 250-755-3238


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