(Image / Colliery Dams Preservation Society)

Nanaimo RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a knife-wielding man involved in a strange encounter on Wednesday morning.

At approximately 11:00 a.m., Nanaimo RCMP were called to Colliery Dam Park after a woman reported a tense encounter with a man at the park.

At the time, the woman was walking with another woman, her young child in a stroller, and two dogs, an adult Labrador and a puppy. The group was walking in the off-leash area of the park when the Labrador approached the man.

The man quickly grew agitated and began yelling at her to keep the dog in check. While yelling, police say that a knife was clearly visible in his hand.

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The group then left the park and reported the incident to the police. Officers made their way to the park but could not find the man when they arrived.

The woman told officers that the man did not indicate he meant them harm, and that he did not directly threaten them or make any movements towards them.

Police are hoping to identify the man and say that they have no plans lay charges.

“At this time, investigators would simply like to speak with the male to hear his version of events,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

The man is described as Caucasian, approximately 65-years-old with white hair. He was wearing a green style jacket at the time.

Anyone with information on the identity of this person is asked to contact Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.

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