Campbell River RCMP is providing the community with an update on a suspect who was arrested earlier this month following a stabbing at Walmart because of “significant public interest in the matter.”
The incident, which took place on December 7, saw a Walmart security guard taken to hospital after being stabbed by multiple times by a wig-wearing suspect.
The suspect was trying to leave the store with “a large quantity of goods” when he was approached by a security guard shortly before 11 a.m.
RCMP says that the suspect — Nathan Sprout — was quickly identified and arrested the same day in the early evening and charges of Aggravated Assault, Robbery, and three counts of Assault with a Weapon were sworn the following day.
According to Campbell River RCMP, five other charges were sworn against Sprout while he was in police custody for two separate files that occurred in October 2021, including two counts of Break and Entering businesses in Campbell River.
Sprout was released by the court on December 10, on an Undertaking with protective conditions.
One day later, police noted that Sprout was spotted breaching the court-order undertaking conditions and was arrested, however, during the arrest, Sprout resisted and attempted to assault the officer.
In the update provided to the community on Tuesday, police say that Sprout remains in custody with a next court date of December 16, 2021.
At this time, Campbell River RCMP says that the events are all considered to be alleged until proven in court.