Nanaimo police seek a male suspect after a violent assault during an armed robbery at the Townsite Road 7-Eleven early Friday morning.
“The suspect entered the store and immediately ordered the clerk to open the register and then lie on the floor. [He] took an undisclosed amount of cash from the till, as well as some cigarettes. Even though the clerk had complied with the instructions, the suspect viciously struck the clerk across the head with a metal pipe,” said Nanaimo RCMP in a press release.
The suspect fled on foot and RCMP deployed a police dog, but the scent was lost a short distance from the convenience store.
The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, standing approximately five-feet-10, with a skinny or medium build. He was wearing black pants, white shoes, red jacket and carrying a black bag.
The clerk was taken to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, treated and released.
If you have any information on this incident, please call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Tips can also be submitted at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.