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RCMP arrested a 32-year-old man following an unprovoked attack at Nanaimo mall on Tuesday.

Shortly after 6:30 p.m. on December 20th, police were called to Country Club Mallafter a security officer and another person were attempting to restrain an assailant who allegedly had punched and slashed a man in the face with a razor. 

RCMP said officers arrived within a few minutes and arrested the suspect, who spat in one officer’s face and kicked at others.

The victim told police he didn’t know the suspect prior to the attack and opted not to go to the hospital after sustaining a shallow cut across his left cheek. 

Police spoke with several witnesses adding that prior to the assault the suspect appeared to be acting strange and that his behaviour was causing them concern. 

The 32-year-old man is currently in police custody and faces charges of assault with a weapon, assault of two police officers, and breach of probation.

He is expected to appear in Nanaimo Provincial Court later this afternoon.

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