Nanaimo RCMP have released surveillance photos of a suspect who attacked a store clerk that came to the aid of a customer being harassed on Monday.

The incident took place around 6:40 p.m. January 18th at the James General Store on Victoria Road in Nanaimo.

The employee triggered the hold up alarm after he was assaulted by an unknown man who was asked to leave the premises for harassing a customer.

When police arrived, the worker told officers the suspect had caught his attention after he heard the suspect yelling at a customer outside the store’s front door.

The man was allegedly demanding the customer give him cigarettes.

The employee stepped outside and told him to stop yelling and bothering the customer, when the suspect charged at the employee and began assaulting him.

The employee suffered cuts and lacerations to his face, with two black eyes, and while he was shaken, he did not require medical attention.

Police scoured the area but were not able to locate the suspect.

The male suspect is described as White, approximately six feet tall with a slim build and blonde hair. He was seen wearing sunglasses and a distinctive black and white Rcklss hoodie.

Anyone with information on the suspect’s identity or the incident is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP’s non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

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