Man assaulted with hammer in mall parking lot

NANAIMO – Policy say little chance of charges after questioning turns up unreliable answers.

Nanaimo Mounties are having trouble nailing the suspect who used a hammer to assault another man last week.

The incident happened at about 1 p.m. Wednesday when witnesses reported they saw a man with a hammer run up to a Ford Mustang, smash out the driver’s side window and then strike the car’s driver.

“Members were on scene pretty quick, but the suspect had already left in a small Pontiac Sunfire,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. The police investigation revealed the attack was allegedly related to a drug transaction.

“We have followed up with several individuals, but their memories are somewhat suspect,” O’Brien said. “Unless there’s further evidence brought to light, it’s unlikely this investigation will result in charges.”

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.