North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are investigating two assault incidents, including a stabbing, that happened in as many days and left at least one person suffering serious injuries.
On Dec. 28, 2023, around 6 p.m., Mounties were called to a business in the 119-block of the Trans-Canada Highway for a report of a stabbing, reads a news release Wednesday.
RCMP tell CHEK News the incident happened at the Real Canadian Superstore in Duncan, and when officers arrived, they found an 18-year-old man being tended to by a witness.
He was taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, according to RCMP, who say the assault occurred “during an altercation between the victim and the suspect.”
Witnesses described the suspect as a caucasian male, 5’7″ tall, with brown/blonde-coloured hair. He fled the scene wearing a black toque and a black puffy jacket.
Then, on Dec. 29, just after 7:20 p.m., RCMP responded to a report of an assault at the Tim Hortons at 166 Trunk Rd., not far from the Duncan Superstore.
“Witnesses reported seeing several people instigating a physical altercation with another man outside the store, with one of the suspects possibly having yielded a knife,” said RCMP.
When officers arrived, all suspects had already departed the scene, and no victims were identified or located, added RCMP in the release.
They say officers are continuing their investigation into both incidents, which are believed to be separate and isolated with no risk to the public.
Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call the RCMP detachment at 250-748-5522.