UPDATE: Teen charged with aggravated assault after victim found with stab wounds

One suspect has been charged following a stabbing early Sunday in the 200 block of Craig Street.

Emergency services responded to a 911 call shortly after 7 a.m. about a male who had been stabbed multiple times.

When police arrived they found a 19-year-old man in an alley with life threatening injuries. He was treated at the scene by paramedics and rushed to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. The victim will remain in hospital several days, but is expected to recover.

Mounties found one female and three males, age 13 to 19,  in a nearby residence and took them into custody.

“It appears an altercation ensued in one of the units of the apartment block,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman.

The apartment was secured by officers until a search warrant was granted so the unit could be entered and searched.

Joyce Gloria Howard, 19, of Nanaimo, was formally charged with one count of aggravated assault Monday and  will appear in Nanaimo provincial court Tuesday (March 25) to determine if  she is to be released or remain in custody.

Investigators believe the accused, became embroiled in an altercation with the victim which resulted in her allegedly stabbing him multiple times.

The three other suspects detained with Howard have been released unconditionally and no charges are pending against them.

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

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