Suspect charged with stabbing and multiple robberies

NANAIMO - Charges laid against 31-year-old man for robberies and assault in Nanaimo, Oceanside and Ladysmith.

A stabbing plus a string of armed robberies in Nanaimo and Ladysmith has resulted in charges against a former Oceanside resident.

Jeffery Brian MacDonald, 31, faces nine charges stemming from three armed robberies and a vehicle theft.

Police allege MacDonald robbed the Bowen Road 7-Eleven on Sept. 7, the Mac’s Convenience Store on Departure Bay Road on Sept. 12, and the Shell gas station in Ladysmith on Sept. 16.

MacDonald is also accused of an aggravated assault Sept. 21 when a 55-year-old man stopped on the Island Highway near Qualicum to help a motorist with a broken-down vehicle. When the victim approached, he was attacked, stabbed repeatedly in the chest, and then left on the side of the road as the suspect stole the victim’s truck.

MacDonald, of no fixed address, formerly resided in Oceanside and has been in custody since he was arrested by Oceanside RCMP Sept. 23. He appeared before a Nanaimo provincial court judge Nov. 7 and was remanded in custody until his next court appearance Dec. 6.