UPDATE: Suspect arrested in confinement, beating of Nanaimo woman

NANAIMO – RCMP issued arrest warrant for Nanaimo man accused of confining and beating 18-year-old woman.

Tyler Koch

Tyler Koch

UPDATE: Nanaimo RCMP arrested a man accused of unlawful confinement, threats, assault and breach of probation without incident early Friday.

The suspect was arrested at about 12:35 a.m. at a home in the north end of Nanaimo he is known to frequent, police said in a press release. He was expected to appear in Nanaimo Provincial court later today.

 

Original story posted Tuesday, Jan. 12.

Mounties have put out an arrest warrant for a Nanaimo man accused of confining, beating and threatening a woman in his home for more than 15 hours.

Tyler Eric Koch, 20, is wanted on charges of assault, uttering threats, unlawful confinement and breach of an existing probation order.

The warrant was issued after an incident that started early Monday when Koch allegedly held an 18-year-old woman against her will in his north Nanaimo home, where he kicked, punched and threatened her before finally letting her go Monday afternoon.

Police said the victim received numerous injuries during her ordeal, but did not require hospitalization.

Koch is considered dangerous and might possess a knife.

“Koch has shown that he has a propensity for violence and we would advise the public not to approach him,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. “He is highly unpredictable. He’s known to partake in illicit drugs, which also causes extreme volatility in his behaviour.”

Koch is 6′ 1″ tall, 230 pounds and has brown eyes and short brown hair.

Anyone who sees him or knows of his whereabouts is asked to call 911 immediately or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.