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Nanaimo homeowner attacked with baseball bat after confronting intruder

Officers responded quickly to the call and arrested a man after a short scuffle
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Nanaimo RCMP said the homeowner called 911 when he spotted the man attempting to get in through a window about 3 a.m. at his Roberta Road East residence on the city’s south side.

A Nanaimo homeowner sustained bumps and bruises after confronting a man with a baseball bat who was trying to get into his home early Friday.

Nanaimo RCMP said the homeowner called 911 when he spotted the man attempting to get in through a window about 3 a.m. at his Roberta Road East residence on the city’s south side.

Police said the intruder assaulted the homeowner with the bat.

Officers responded quickly to the call and arrested a man after a short scuffle.

The homeowner did not require medical attention.

“This situation is a homeowner’s worst nightmare,” said Reserve Const. Gary O’Brien. “His quick thinking and call to 911 however, allowed our officers to attend immediately and prevent further intrusion and violence from taking place.

“It is important to remember that in an emergency your first call should be to 911 so that emergency first responders can help as soon as possible.”

A 20-year-old man is facing charges that could include breaking-and-entering, assault with a weapon, resisting arrest and breach of probation.

He was expected to appear in court Friday.

jbell@timescolonist.com