Ladysmith police nab assault suspect

67-year-old man facing charges of aggravated assault and assault for alleged attack on 18-year-old

  • Sep. 15, 2014 8:00 a.m.

The Ladysmith RCMP responded to a number of complaints during the month of August.

On Aug. 28, police received a report of damaged mailboxes located at the intersection of Westdowne Road and Peerless Road. RCMP discovered a mailbox had been pried open and informed Canada Post which will repair the mailboxes.

On Aug. 16, RCMP were called to the Ladysmith Health Clinic to respond to a report of a young male with life-threatening injuries. The unconscious male was in the process of being transported from Ladysmith Secondary School to Victoria General Hospital. A witness reported that the 18-year-old male had been assaulted by a male with a bat while he was dirt biking earlier in the day in the area of Mt. Sicker Road and Cranko Road. North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP were informed and a 67-year-old man was arrested and is facing charges of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon. The 18-year-old is recovering from his injuries.

On Aug. 12, police came across a single-vehicle accident on the Trans-Canada Highway near Oyster Sto’Lo Road. The vehicle had been abandoned when police arrived and was determined to have been stolen hours earlier from Nanaimo. Ladysmith RCMP were able to locate and arrest a 48-year-old Victoria man who was later released to a future court date facing a charge of possession of stolen property.

On Aug. 10, Ladysmith RCMP were advised of a possible impaired driver seen at the Coronation Mall gas station heading southbound on the Trans-Canada Highway. The driver initially refused to stop for police but eventually did pull over. The 62-year-old male driver from Nanaimo was found to be suffering from mental illness and refused to provide a breath sample The man was given a driving suspension and lodged in RCMP cells while his vehicle was towed from the scene. A dog located in the vehicle was turned over to the SPCA to be cared for.

On Aug. 4, police responded to a report of a load of lumber being illegally dumped at Haslam Creek near Timberlands Road. The caller observed a white male driving a white truck and was able to provide a licence plate number. RCMP subsequently contacted a 49-year-old Nanaimo man who admitted to dumping the material and agreed to clean it up.

On Aug. 3, the Ladysmith RCMP with the help of an auxiliary constable used the police boat to patrol the waters of the harbour during the Ladysmith Days fireworks display. Several vessel checks were conducted without incident.