Man allegedly punches 3 teens in the face on Nanaimo bus: RCMP

Man allegedly punches 3 teens in the face on Nanaimo bus: RCMP
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The Nanaimo RCMP say this man allegedly punched teens in the face on a bus. He's described as 35-45 years old, standing 5'10

A man who allegedly assaulted three teens on a bus in Nanaimo has been identified.

The alleged assault happened around 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, when three teens, between the ages of 13-16, and a man around 35-45 years old were on the Regional District of Nanaimo transit bus, according to RCMP in a news release Tuesday.

At one point, there was an interaction between the teens and the man, and that’s when the man stood up and began “punching the youths repeatedly in the face,” Mounties were told on scene.

“He then walked over to the exit door and kicked it repeatedly until the driver pulled over and let him out.”

Transit staff called RCMP immediately after the incident.

Police say the teens were not seriously injured but suffered minor cuts, bruising and swelling from the punches.

The man, meanwhile, was last seen walking southbound along Uplands Drive.

He’s described as 35-45 years old, standing 5’10” with glasses and receding short brown hair. He was wearing a blue tank top and shorts and was carrying a black backpack at the time of the incident.

Nanaimo RCMP released images of the man around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, then by 1:30 p.m. the same day the man was identified.

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