RCMP officers apprehended a man believed to be responsible for a violent stabbing that occurred over the weekend.
At around 10:15 a.m. on Monday, December 12th, Nanaimo RCMP and the RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT) executed a search warrant at a residence well-known to law enforcement for crime, drugs and disorder.
The house is located in the 400-block of Murray Street and had been contained as evidence pertaining to the Saturday stabbing. .
At around 7:40 a.m. on Saturday, December 10th, police say two suspects wearing masks allegedly broke into an apartment in the 600-block of Albert Street. There they stabbed a man several times before fleeing the scene.
The victim was taken to Nanaimo hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Since then he has been released from hospital.
According to police, later on Saturday, while surveilling a neighborhood in Nanaimo, officers located one of the suspects in a stolen vehicle.
Jordan White, 26, was taken into police custody the next day and charges have since been formally laid against him.
Police say White has been charged with one count of break and enter, aggravated assault and disguise with intent. He remains in custody and Nanaimo RCMP continue are still searching for the second suspect.
The search warrant
During the Murray Street search warrant, the ERT say they found and detained 11 adults inside who have since been released.
“ERT is utilized for situations where investigators believe there is a strong possibility of firearms being present and if the individuals involved are extremely violent”, said R/Constable Gary O’Brien.
According to police, the residence that was searched has created a tension amongst neighbours who have had to endure noise, disturbance, general unrest at all hours of the day and numerous police visits.
“The home is being considered as a nuisance property but has yet to receive that designation. The search warrant carried out today will certainly add more substance to our recommendation that it be declared a nuisance,” said O’Brien.
Nanaimo RCMP are done gathering evidence from the home as of Monday afternoon and the residence is no longer being held.
Police ask that anyone who has information on the stabbing incident, call Nanaimo RCMP at (250) 754-2345.