Update: Nanaimo RCMP says man suffers life-threatening injuries in altercation

NANAIMO – A 36-year-old suspect has been arrested and charged for the assault of a man in south Nanaimo on Friday.

A 36-year-old Nanaimo man has been arrested and charged in connection with an altercation that sent one man to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The incident happened Friday at about 8 p.m. at a home in the 100 block of Haliburton Street in south Nanaimo.

“B.C. Paramedics and RCMP were called to the home for a report of an injured unconscious 52-year-old male. After the injured male was transported to hospital, RCMP officers secured the home, interviewed a number of persons and seized several [items],” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman said in a press release issued Saturday.

The 52-year-old victim was initially transported to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and was subsequently transported by ambulance to Victoria General Hospital. On Tuesday, police reported the victim was still in hospital in Victoria in serious condition.

James Ronald Robillard, 36, of Nanaimo, was arrested without incident Monday by Nanaimo RCMP. He was held in custody overnight and appeared Tuesday in Nanaimo provincial court, where he was charged with one count of aggravated assault and one count of breach of probation.

Robillard will remain in custody until his next court appearance Dec. 7.