Man detained on CrossIron Mills assault

An Innisfail man facing multiple charges relating to an assault at the CrossIron Mills mall in Balzac remains in custody pending his next court date.

An Innisfail man facing multiple charges relating to an assault at the CrossIron Mills mall in Balzac remains in custody pending his next court date.

The 55-year-old man, whose name is withheld to protect the identity of his victim, was arrested after a run-in at the mall with police and security guards.

RCMP say police were called to the mall on March 28 when a woman slipped a note to a security guard saying she had been kidnapped.

Police allege that, upon arrival at the mall, they witnessed the suspect beating the woman and that he then struck one of the officers who was there to make the arrest.

Charges include housebreaking with intent to commit a crime, sexual assault, choking with intent, assault causing bodily harm, unlawful confinement, kidnapping, uttering death threats, resisting a police officer, assaulting a police officer, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public and breaching the conditions of a recognizance.

His next court appearance has been set for Airdrie on Aug. 23.