Stabbing suspect formally charged

Man arrested in 'Good Samaritan' attack on Qualicum Beach resident also charged in series of armed robberies

  • Nov. 17, 2016 10:00 a.m.

A 31-year-old man from the Parksville area has formally been charged with multiple offences in a “Good Samaritan” stabbing near Qualicum Beach Sept. 21, RCMP said this week.

The man, who had no fixed address, was charged with aggravated assault, theft of a motor vehicle and robbery during a court appearance in Nanaimo Nov. 7.

The incident occurred in the early morning hours of Sept. 21, when a 55-year-old Qualicum Beach man driving a pickup truck stopped to help another motorist who had driven off Highway 19 near Qualicum Beach. The man was then stabbed in the chest and the assailant stole his truck and drove off.

The truck was found the following day in Errington and the suspect eluded capture for one more day before being arrested and taken into custody Sept. 23. He has remained in custody since, RCMP said.

In addition, the man also faces separate charges, including robbery, theft of a motor vehicle and disguising the face with intent to commit a crime, stemming from a series of armed robberies committed in September.

His next court appearance has been scheduled for Dec. 6.

— NEWS Staff and RCMP news release