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Nanaimo reservist slashed because he was in uniform, RCMP suspect

Mar 08 2012

Nanaimo RCMP are looking for the man who slashed the throat of a Canadian Forces reservist in a violent, unprovoked attack Tuesday night.

The reservist, 23, was taken to hospital, where several stitches were needed to close the wound.

“Based on information available, we have reason to believe the victim was assaulted because of his involvement with the Canadian Forces,” said Nanaimo RCMP Supt. Norm McPhail. “When a member of our military, while in uniform, is randomly attacked, it is extremely disconcerting.”

The uniformed reservist, a member of the 5th Field Artillery Regiment, had just finished a training exercise and was waiting for the bus near Bruce Avenue and Fifth Street when a man approached, said police spokesman Const. Gary O’Brien.

They struck up a conversation. After a few minutes, the man took out a knife and slashed the victim on the neck, then ran off.

The injured man stumbled to a nearby restaurant and called 911. Mounties arrived within minutes but could not find the assailant.

McPhail said the department’s serious crime unit was pursuing all leads in the investigation.

The suspect is described as a white male, 20 to 25 years old and about five-foot-six. He was wearing a black jacket with white stripes on the sleeves, a grey hoodie and light-coloured jeans.

RCMP are asking anyone who saw this man to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

kderosa@timescolonist.com

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