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Youths beat and rob 74-year-old Nanaimo man for $30

Jan 09 2012
A 74-year-old man is in hospital recovering from a violent assault after being attacked and robbed by three young males Saturday morning in a park in Nanaimo. 

A 74-year-old man is in hospital recovering from a violent assault after being attacked and robbed by three young males Saturday morning in a park in Nanaimo.

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NANAIMO — A 74-year-old man is in hospital recovering from a violent assault after being attacked and robbed by three young males Saturday morning in a park in Nanaimo.

"This is a cowardly, senseless act. [The] victim had less than $30 in his pocket and may require months of rehabilitation to recover fully his ordeal,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, media spokesperson for Nanaimo RCMP.

The incident began when the victim was approached for a cigarette by one of the three while he walked through Mafeo Sutton Park. When the man told them he did not smoke, he was followed along the walking path that led underneath the Pearson bridge.

The young men turned on him and demanded he turn over his wallet. The victim tried to run but was body-checked from behind and fell to the pavement. He was then repeatedly kicked and punched while lying on the ground.

The assault only stopped when a nearby pedestrian heard his screams and yelled at the youths. This three youths then took off.

Other nearby pedestrians also came to the victim's assistance and called 911. The victim was transported to hospital and later required surgery for a broken shoulder. He remains in hospital.

Two of the alleged assailants, 17 and 18 years of age, were located and arrested about 20 minutes later, in the area of Townsite Road at Holly Avenue. The third suspect, age 18, was arrested at his home in the 200 block of Haliburton Street at about 9 p.m. and taken into custody.

Cousins Joshua and Keith Prince, both 18, are charged with robbery and assault causing bodily harm. Joshua Prince was released and scheduled to appear in court Jan 17. Keith Prince was held in custody.

The third male is 17 and his name can not be published. He is charged with robbery and assault causing bodily harm and was held in custody to appear in Nanaimo Provincial court later today.

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