(Suspect/Nanaimo RCMP)

Nanaimo RCMP are searching for a man who allegedly spat on a security guard at a store inside Woodgrove Shopping Centre earlier this month.

In a statement released Tuesday, police say the suspect spat on the Loss Prevention Officer, or security guard, when they were confronted for shoplifting.

The incident occurred at around 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 19 in Walmart located at Woodgrove mall.

It was reported to police that the suspect became confrontational and spat on the guard several times before running from the store.

He is described as a white man in his 30s, of medium build, and has light coloured hair. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a brown/green jacket.

Police are now seeking public assistance in identifying the suspect

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 and quote file # 2020-34521.