IIO BC Called to Investigate Arrest in Nanaimo


2017-08-04 15:29 PDT

File # 2017-25171

Just after 4:30 PM on Thursday August 3rd, Nanaimo RCMP were called to the 1400 block of Bowen Road. A report was received with respect to a disruptive male on bus #1073, route 30, outbound to Woodgrove Mall, who was allegedly threatening passengers and inappropriately touching females on the bus.

A Nanaimo RCMP officer attended and found the male had departed the bus. The subject male was located nearby and the Nanaimo RCMP officer attempted to place him under arrest. The male allegedly resisted arrest and the incident ended with the male on the ground. Due to injuries sustained during the incident, the male was almost immediately transported to a nearby hospital, for treatment of possible life threatening injuries. He has since been transferred to a larger area hospital in stable condition. Neither, the RCMP officer, nor any other members of the public were injured.

The scene and any evidence have been secured while the Independent Investigation Office of BC have been notified and are deploying to the scene. IIO BC will assume conduct of this investigation as they work to determine if there is a connection to the actions of police and the injuries sustained by the male. Any potential witnesses of this incident are asked to call the IIO BC at 1-855-446-8477.

The Nanaimo RCMP will continue their concurrent investigation into the original call of alleged threats and sexual assaults. If you were a witness on bus #1073, you are asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.

Please note that all aspects and the circumstances of this incident will be subject of independent investigation and verification by the IIO BC. For information about IIO BC or media inquiries should be directed to IIO BC.

Released by

Cpl. Janelle Shoihet

Media Relations Officer
"E" Division Communication Services
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, B.C. V3T 6P3 - Mailstop #1608
Office: 778-290-2929
Fax: 778-290-6114

Email: janelle.shoihet@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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