Police are searching for two suspects following a violent home invasion and robbery in central Nanaimo Monday morning.
According to Nanaimo RCMP, the home invasion occurred at around 7 a.m. on Beverly Drive. Police said the 31-year-old man who lived in the home answered the door after someone knocked and saw two unknown people.
The man told police that the two suspects pushed their way into his home. The man also said one of the suspects was brandishing a handgun. Police said the two suspects then allegedly assaulted the man. During the alleged assault, the man’s hands were bound and a covering was placed over his head.
The alleged assault continued for several minutes. The two suspects then left with the man’s television and motorcycle, police said.
After the suspects had fled, the man managed to get free and call 911. Police said he had facial injuries and was treated at his home by B.C. paramedics.
One of the suspects is described by police as a white man with a thin build. He was wearing black and blue striped earmuffs, a dark blue or black hoodie and white basketball shoes.
The other suspect is described by police as a white man, 5’10” to 5’11,” and 220 pounds. He was wearing blue jeans.
“There may have been a third person involved as the suspects were heard talking to a female on a handheld radio,” Const. Gary O’Brien, a spokesperson for the Nanaimo RCMP, said in a statement.
The stolen motorcyle is a black 2006 Kawasaki Ninja. The victim told RCMP there is only two of its kind in Nanaimo.
O’Brien also said investigators believe the home invasion was a targeted incident but have not yet been able to establish a motive. Anyone with information is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.