Woman records video of attacker in Port Alberni; police arrest suspect

Port Alberni RCMP are seeking witnesses to a mid-day assault after a woman fought off an alleged attacker in Port Alberni last Friday.

Police said a woman was assaulted by a man she didn’t know about 12:40 p.m. on May 29 while jogging on a path between the Port Alberni SPCA and a Canadian Tire.

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The woman fought off the attacker, and she was not seriously injured, police said.

She recorded video of the suspect as he walked away.

“The woman stood up to her attacker and defended herself but also had the presence of mind to record his image to aid the investigation. Her actions may have prevented additional incidents of this nature,” Sgt. Peter Dionne of Port Alberni RCMP said in a statement.

Officers and police dog services responded to the area. They identified the suspect and he was arrested shortly after the attack.

Police said there appears to be one or more witnesses to the assault who have not yet come forward.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call Port Alberni RCMP at 250-723-2424.

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