Store manager hit over head with bottles in Nanaimo assault

Store manager hit over head with bottles in Nanaimo assault
Nanaimo RCMP
Police have released two photos of a suspect wanted in connection with an assault at the North Town Centre on Nov. 23, 2019.

A shoplifter struck a Nanaimo store manager over the head with a shopping bag containing several bottles, according to RCMP.

Police said the assault took place at approximately 5:45 p.m. on Nov. 23 in front of a business at the Nanaimo North Town Centre.

According to police, witnesses reported seeing the manager and a Loss Prevention Officer (LPO) approach the male suspect outside the business after the suspect allegedly left without paying for some merchandise.

After a short conversation, the man allegedly swung the shopping bag at the manager, injuring the employee. The suspect fled on foot and was last seen running toward the Lowe’s in the shopping centre.

The manager was taken to hospital by paramedics where he was treated for a serious but non-life threatening head injury. He has been released from the hospital.

Police have not released the name of the business but are distributing two pictures of the suspect. He is described by police as a Caucasian man, 35 to 40-years-old, with a slim build. He was wearing a blue jacket with white stripes on the sleeve and wearing a pale blue ball cap. The shopping bag he was carrying was bright yellow.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. To report what you know anonymously, contact Crime Stoppers at or call 1-800-222-8477.


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