Homicide at north Nanaimo coffee shop was random, one arrested: RCMP

Homicide at north Nanaimo coffee shop was random, one arrested: RCMP

There was no connection between a man found dead inside a Nanaimo coffee shop and the individual arrested on scene, say RCMP.

On Saturday morning, an adult male was found dead inside the Buzz Coffee House by officers conducting a wellness check while another man found inside the building was arrested and remains in custody, according to the Nanaimo RCMP.

In an update on Sunday, Mounties say the investigation is very much ongoing with investigators from the Nanaimo RCMP Serious Crime Unit carrying out two search warrants in connection to the homicide. Forensic investigators were at the coffee shop again on Sunday searching for clues and RCMP say based on the evidence collected so far, there isn’t anything to suggest the two men knew each other.

“Investigators are confident that based on the evidence collected to date, there was no connection between the deceased and the individual arrested at the scene, and that this was a random incident with a tragic outcome,” said reserve Const. Gary O’Brien, media spokesperson with the Nanaimo RCMP.

Nanaimo RCMP are asking anyone who was at the Buzz Coffee House on Saturday between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. to contact them.

The business remains closed while the investigation continues.

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