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Amherst Police continuing to investigate December home invasion

Amherst Police are investigating a home invasion at an East Victoria residence belonging to Walter Wells that sent an 84-year-old man to hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.
Amherst Police are continuing to investigate a December home invasion at an East Victoria residence belonging to Walter Wells that sent an 84-year-old man to hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. - Darrell Cole/File

Assault at East Victoria Street residence sent man to hospital

AMHERST, N.S. – Amherst Police are continuing the investigate a violent assault that left a well-known property owner in hospital.

“We’re still actively investigating the incident and continuing to collect evidence,” Acting Deputy Chief Tim Hunter said Friday.

Police were called to the East Victoria Street residence a week before Christmas after receiving a call for help about an alleged home invasion in which an 84-year-old man was assaulted.

The home is owned by Walter Wells, who owns numerous properties around Cumberland County, including several in both Amherst and Fort Lawrence that were demolished as unsightly in 2018.

Police said the victim was confronted in his bedroom early in the morning of Dec. 17. He managed to get to a neighbour’s house for help following the assault and he was taken to hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.

The next day, police said, the victim's truck was recovered in the parking lot at the Cumberland YMCA.

Hunter said the victim was still in hospital as recently as last week, but he’s not able to comment on his condition or the extent of his injuries.

The deputy chief said if anyone has information on the incident, they can call the police department at 902-667-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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