Nanaimo RCMP are on scene at the DBL Disposal Services drop-off for an investigation into an aggravated assault, where one suspect has been taken into custody.
A CHEK News reporter on scene notes there are several police at the Tenth Street location, including police dogs, forensics and a general duty officer.
RCMP says officers were called to the area around 7 a.m. on Jan. 1 to check on the wellbeing of a man in medical distress near the DBL Disposal Services location on Tenth Street.
Officers found the man who was suffering serious, but non-life-threatening injuries who had allegedly suffered an assault.
“They located an individual that was in medical distress in the area of the 300 block of 10th street, at that time, obviously the investigation started and led to investigators going and executing the search warrants at the DBL Disposal Services,” Cst. Mike Thompson of Nanaimo RCMP told CHEK News.
BC Emergency Health Services paramedics transported the victim to the hospital.
Workers say when they arrived for their shift at 7 a.m. on Jan. 2 they were turned away by police.
The dump is closed to the public at the moment while the investigation takes place.
Police will be at the DBL location for the “foreseeable future” as investigators conduct the investigation and execute search warrants.
“The public should be aware that they will likely see an increased police presence in the area while the investigation continues”, said Const. Mike Thompson, media relations officer with Nanaimo RCMP.
One suspect has been taken into custody and RCMP says there is not believed to be a risk to the public, and no other persons of interest are sought at this time.
-With files from CHEK’s Skye Ryan