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Nanaimo RCMP arrested three suspects Sunday evening after they threatened and then attempted to assault a security guard.

The incident occurred at approximately 7:20 p.m. on Sunday, March 28th, in the parking lot of the University Heights Mall.

Police say the security guard noticed one of the three men had entered a local business. The guard told him to leave and a confrontation ensued, with the man producing a knife and waving it at the guard.

The other two men surrounded the guard and police say they were attempting to assault him when officers arrived.

All three suspects, ranging in ages from 25 to 37, were arrested. A knife and sheath were found and seized as well.

The man face charges including uttering threats, assault and assault with a weapon. They have been released with a scheduled appearance in provincial court on July 6th.

The Nanaimo RCMP say the suspects are known to police as frequent offenders.

“The security guard was faced with an extremely dangerous situation from individuals who have shown, time and time again, a total lack of regard for law enforcement,” said Constable Gary O’Brien.

“We were fortunate to have arrived when we did in order to diffuse an extremely volatile situation.”

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