Nanaimo man slashed in fight
One man was taken to hospital for a severe cut received during a fight in the Balmoral Hotel Friday night.
Police responded to the social housing facility on Haliburton Street shortly after 7 p.m. when an employee reported two men were fighting in one of the rooms.
A 50-year-old man was taken to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital where he received several stitches for a cut he sustained during the altercation.
"The victim received a very serious laceration to his palm," said Const. Gary O'Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman.
Thomas Leroy Bates, 45, was arrested without incident.
Police also seized several knives, including a machete, from Bates's room.
O'Brien said the victim was not a tenant at the facility, which is operated by the Canadian Mental Health Association.
He said the facility is well-run and calls for police service are rare.
"It's very seldom we ever receive a call like this," he said. "This is the first that I can recall where a weapon was involved, but unfortunately alcohol may have been a precipitating factor."
Bates was held in custody over the weekend and appeared in Nanaimo provincial court Monday to face charges of assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm and breach of probation.