Three arrested following violent home invasion in Nanaimo

NANAIMO – Residents assaulted and tied up while their house was searched during violent home invasion on the weekend.

  • Jul. 16, 2013 3:00 p.m.

Three men have been arrested and remain in custody after a violent home invasion on the weekend.

The incident happened at a home in the 2000 block of East Wellington Road Sunday morning when three residents were assaulted, tied up with duct tape and their home searched.

Police were called in at about 5 a.m. when the residents, who ranged in age from 18 to 49, called 911 and reported a number of men had broken into their home.

Mounties searched throughout the day for five suspects and managed to arrest three of the suspects at two separate locations.

Police also searched a home on Nicol Street at 5:30 a.m. Monday, but failed to make any further arrests.

The three suspects, age 22, 22 and 30, that were apprehended are known to police and were expected to appear in Nanaimo provincial court Monday.

Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said the incident was a targeted home invasion and not random, and that police believe they have identified the other suspects involved and warrants are being prepared for their arrests.

O’Brien said one of the victims who was assaulted during  the home invasion suffered a minor head injury.