Investigators in Nanaimo have identified a vehicle that is linked to a violent home invasion in which two teenage sisters were assaulted with bear spray.
The girls were inside their home on Lost Lake Road the afternoon of Monday, March 14 when an unknown man wearing a balaclava and dressed in camouflage clothing broke in and discharged the bear spray, then stole items from the home.
The girls, 13 and 17 years old, escaped to a nearby home where they called for help. The teens and their families were left “traumatized” by the incident, Nanaimo RCMP said.
“Their bodies, their faces were like beet (red),” said the victims’ mother, Veva Leigh.
Police later discovered a hockey bag was missing which they believe was used by the suspect to carry some electronics stolen from the home.
On Thursday, Nanaimo RCMP said surveillance video shows a vehicle of interest leaving the area at the time of the assault. It is described as a dark purple or brown Acura 1.6 EL sedan, a 2000 model, with a missing front passenger side turn signal.
This was a very disturbing crime where two defenceless innocent teenagers were victimized,” said Const. Simon Gallimore of Nanaimo RCMP.
Anyone who has knowledge of the vehicle or knows more about the home invasion is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 and quote file number 2022-8688.