UPDATED: Rosemont hit-and-run turns into assault case

A 48-year-old man is in custody, accused of attacking a 54-year-old woman with a weapon.

Nelson police say a woman was “severely injured” after being attacked by a man with a weapon in Rosemont on Wednesday afternoon.

Police were called around 2 p.m. to what was initially reported as a hit-and-run accident in the 1100 block of West Innes St.

BC Ambulance, Nelson Fire and Rescue, Nelson RCMP, and the Nelson Police Department all responded and found a 54-year-old woman “unconscious, heavily bleeding, and severely injured” in the middle of the road. Her seven-month-old grandson was found nearby, unharmed, in a stroller.

Before emergency services arrived, a 48-year-old man had been taken from the scene to Kootenay Lake hospital by a neighbour. According to Det.-Cst. David Laing, the man told bystanders that both he and the woman had been struck by a vehicle.

However, police say they have determined the man attacked the woman, who is a visiting Alberta resident, with an “edged weapon,” inflicting serious injuries. She’s currently in hospital.

Police don’t think the victim knew the man, who was arrested and remains in custody. Police say they are working with the Crown and mental health personnel on the matter. Any witnesses are asked to contact police at 250-354-3919.

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