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Nanaimo RCMP are asking for the public’s help in locating several pieces of clothing that may have been discarded following last week’s “brutal” stabbing of a couple in their 60s.

The incident occurred at approximately 7:15 p.m. on Saturday December 18th at a residence in the 900 block of Northumberland Avenue.

Both victims suffered serious injuries after being stabbed multiple times and remain in hospital.

The victims, who live in central Nanaimo, phoned 911 after the incident and said the suspect had fled.

The suspect was arrested the same night without incident at a residence on Boundary Crescent.

On Monday, RCMP identified the suspect as 20-year-old Anthony Nielsen of Nanaimo. He has been charged and remains in police custody.

According to Nanaimo RCMP, there is a possibility that Nielsen discarded clothing in the 900 block of Northumberland Avenue, including Townsite Road, the 1500 block of Boundary Crescent, and any green space along the Millstone River.

“Investigators searched the immediate area where the stabbing took place, which included dumpsters, ravines and any location where discarded clothing could go undetected. To date, they have had no success,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

The clothing items that police are looking for consists of the following:

  • men’s black ¾ length winter jacket with a brown fur collar
  • bright orange/black or red/black gloves
  • black duffel bag with a strap

Nielsen has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault with a weapon.

O’Brien told Victoria Buzz he is known to the couple but not related.

If anyone has information on these items, call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2021-46614.

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