A security guard was struck by a pipe and punched in the face repeatedly by a man known to him in downtown Nanaimo Saturday, according to RCMP.
The guard was walking past the A&W on Victoria Crescent at around 9:30 a.m. when the man appeared, swinging the pipe at him “for unknown reasons,” Mounties said in a Tuesday news release.
The victim tried to block the attacks by raising his hands when he was struck with the pipe and then “punched in the face several times.”
Though he suffered cuts and bruises to his face, the guard chose not to be taken to hospital for treatment, RCMP said.
Officers then located the alleged attacker in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven on Terminal Avenue and took him into custody without further incident.
The suspect has been identified as 52-year-old Michael Maud, a Nanaimo man of no fixed address.
Maud has been charged with assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm and will be held in custody until his next court appearance Tuesday, Nov. 15.