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Fatal overnight stabbing at a Nanaimo park leaves one man dead


Nanaimo RCMP have arrested one adult and one youth as a result of a fatal overnight stabbing on Monday.

The incident occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m., on September 5th, at Maffeo Sutton Park in downtown Nanaimo. 

Police were initially called to a report of a group of youths who were intimidating a security guard along the waterfront in downtown Nanaimo. 

The suspects fled and, while officers were conducting patrols, an officer came upon the stabbing victim and his friend who had been bear sprayed. 

The victims were located prior to being able to call 911 for assistance.

Paramedics transported the injured man, a 29-year-old from Nanaimo, to hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 

The other man, aged 22, was treated for the effects of the bear spray and did not require hospitalization.

Officers located and arrested a 19-year-old man nearby without incident. 

With the assistance of a police dog, a 17-year-old man was also located shortly after. 

Both suspects remain in custody. A third individual has been identified but has not yet been located. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

“Investigators do not believe there was any connection between the victim and suspects prior to the incident,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

As a result of the investigation, the playground, walking bridge, and beach area at Maffeo Sutton Park is currently closed to the public. 

This closure will allow investigators time to search and examine the area for any forensic evidence related to the investigation.

The washrooms will remain open and the day ferry to Saysutshun (Newcastle Island) has been temporarily relocated to the public crab dock.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.

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