Man wanted in Nanaimo assaults

Nanaimo RCMP are asking for the public’s help in locating 50-year-old John Martin Bates, who is wanted on charges of assault and assault with a weapon.

The charges stem from a February incident in which he allegedly struck a female in the face, and from an April incident in which he reportedly broke a bowl over the head of the same female.

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She was not injured, and in both cases Bates fled before police arrived.

Bates is described as white, five-foot-six and 150 pounds.

Call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 with any information.

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