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Nanaimo RCMP are searching for witnesses and video surveillance footage of an assault that was reported over the weekend.

At around 7:30 p.m. on October 12th, a woman was allegedly attacked by an unknown man wielding a pipe in front of the Dorchester Hotel on Chapel Street.

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Passersby who witnessed the incident called police, who arrived on site and found a 28-year-old woman suffering from serious but non-life threatening injuries.

She chose not to go to the hospital but paramedics treated her on site.

According to the victim, she was attacked by the pipe-wielding man as soon as she walked out of the Dorchester Hotel and managed to fight him off before fleeing the area.

Witnesses say the attacker then jumped into a waiting white GMC pickup that was parked across from 38 Front St.

He is described as a heavy-set Caucasian man with a beard, and was wearing dark clothing at the time of the incident.

Police are now seeking further witnesses to the incident and ask that any motorists with dashcam footage between 7 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. on Saturday October 12th, along Front St, Commercial Ave or Terminal Ave to come forward.

Anyone with information or video surveillance can contact Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.