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Nanaimo police investigating motive for home invasion

One man was beaten and bear sprayed in an early morning home invasion Wednesday.

The incident happened at about 3:45 a.m. when a man answered a knock on the door of his condominium, located on Barons Road in Nanaimo.

“A guy went to his door, answered it, and two males burst in – faces covered – bear sprayed the place and took nothing,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman.

The 25-year-old victim allegedly put up a fight to prevent his assailants from entering the condominium was struck several times with an unknown object, but was not taken to hospital.

“Probably due to his resistance the males did not enter the home,” O’Brien said.

Both suspects wore black baseball caps and covered their faces with black bandanas.

Two other men, ages 67 and 52, living in the home were not involved in the altercation.

“When members got to the scene it was very difficult to enter because there was a large cloud of bear spray in the home,” O’Brien said.

Police believe it was a targeted incident and are continuing to investigate the home invasion.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.

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