Hooded stranger assaults teen at NDSS

NANAIMO – Youth struck in face repeatedly in unprovoked attack at local high school.

A 15-year-old boy was struck and knocked unconscious by an unknown assailant outside of Nanaimo District Secondary School on Wednesday.

The incident happened at 10:35 a.m. when the teen was knocked down and lost consciousness when he struck his head on the sidewalk.

The boy was standing on the sidewalk in front of the school on Wakesiah Avenue, when another male approached and without any apparent provocation or words exchanged, grabbed the victim’s shirt and forced him to the ground. The victim was struck several times in the face and suffered some swelling and bruising.

He said the suspect caused his head to hit the sidewalk several times. Once he regained consciousness he went back into the school and reported the incident.

The victim told police that prior to the attack he saw two men nearby who might have witnessed the incident. One was elderly and the other was younger, wearing a business suit and talking on a cell phone.

The victim was taken to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital by school staff for observation.

Police have not apprehended the suspect, described as Caucasian, 18-25 years old, and wearing a black hoodie with the hood pulled up and black track pants.

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.