B.C. RCMP and civilians restrain ‘irate’ suspect, bikini-clad partner found nearby

33-year-old arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer after incident in Nanaimo

A police officer got a black eye but made an arrest with help from civilians at a Nanaimo shopping plaza on the weekend.

A 33-year-old suspect was arrested for assaulting a police officer and a civilian and taken into custody Saturday after an incident at Rutherford Road and the old Island Highway.

Police responded at about 6 p.m. to a report of a man and woman creating a disturbance at a business at a shopping plaza at the intersection, and according to a press release, found an “irate male” and a woman wearing only a bathing suit and “behaving quite erratically.”

“When the officer attempted to detain her for her safety, her male friend interfered and began punching and assaulting the officer,” the release notes. “The officer and suspect ended up fighting and tumbled onto the ground where more punches and strikes were landed by both parties.”

The suspect broke free and attempted to get away, but passers-by assisted, and “this was enough to allow the officer the time he needed to secure the suspect in handcuffs.”

The 38-year-old woman was located near the scene and taken to hospital for a medical assessment. The male suspect is slated to appear in court today.

“The officer worked the remainder of his shift but will be sporting a black eye and some bumps and bruises for his efforts…” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, in the release. “Some of the bystanders got a little banged up which is unfortunate but it’s sure nice to know that when the fight is on, our community members have our back.”

It was the second time in a week that passers-by assisted Nanaimo RCMP in an arrest; five people restrained a 17-year-old attempted murder suspect after a stabbing last Wednesday on the Harbourfront Walkway.



editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Rita’s Apron celebrates one-year anniversary of business in Ladysmith

Rita’s Apron specializes in pot pies, soups, and other baked goods

Police arrest Baby Bear statue thief in Chemainus

Suspect alleged to be responsible for other crimes in Nanaimo, Ladysmith and Alberta

UPDATE: Stolen utility vehicle returned to Ladysmith Motorsports

The 2020 Maverick Trail side by side was found abandoned on Spruston Road in Cassidy

Baby Bear statue returned to be reunited with Mama and Papa

Culprit left it near the Henry Road roundabout in Chemainus with a note attached

Filming for Resident Alien begins in Ladysmith

Aliens and excitement take over the streets of Ladysmith during new TV series

Feds preparing plane to fly Canadians out of Wuhan, once China gives OK

160 Canadians have asked for help to leave province at centre of coronavirus outbreak

60% of Canadian workers would take a pay cut for better mental health support: survey

Survey found 77% of workers would leave for better wellness initiatives

Runaway rail car reported on same B.C. train line as fatal 2019 derailment

CP Rail confirmed the incident happened on Jan. 14.

Southern resident orca L41 considered missing and feared dead

The orca was last spotted in August 2019 when photographed in western Strait of Juan de Fuca

‘Critically low’ caribou population prompts wolf cull in the Chilcotin

Itcha-Ilgachuz herd numbers down to 385, from 2,800 in 2003

RCMP to review fatal B.C. train derailment investigation after evidence points to ‘cover up’

The derailment, which occurred on Feb. 4, 2019, killed three men from Calgary

Family hopes Britain can get pregnant B.C. woman out of China’s coronavirus epicentre

Lauren Williams, who is about 35 weeks pregnant, has been stuck in Wuhan

Most Read