Man arrested for striking sex-trade workers

NANAIMO – Man faces charges for threatening and assaulting two sex-trade workers.

Nanaimo police are hoping more victims will come forward with complaints after a man was arrested for assaulting two sex-trade workers.

The assault happened March 5 at about 2:30 p.m. at the Prideaux Street and Victoria Road intersection when a 54-year-old Nanaimo man struck the women with a stick or a length of two-by-four lumber.

“By all accounts, there was an exchange of words beforehand between the girls and the guy and then he went at them with a two-by-four,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman.

The women did not require medical attention for their injuries.

The suspect, who has yet to be formally charged, was arrested March 13 and was released on a promise to appear at Nanaimo provincial court June 16 to face recommended charges of assault with a weapon and uttering threats.

“We’re also following up with other sex-trade workers who may have had similar occurrences with that individual, but have not reported them,” O’Brien said.

Anyone who believes they have been involved in similar incidents with the suspect or is a witness to an assault is asked to call Const. Shane Desjardines at 250-754-2345.