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Stolen cellphone leads to hammer attack at New Sudbury Centre

Victim suffered only minor injuries, suspect arrested

A man is facing numerous charges today following a hammer attack at the New Sudbury Centre yesterday afternoon.

Greater Sudbury Police told officers were called out to an assault in progress at the mall on Lasalle Boulevard just before 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 13. 

The caller told police one man was hitting the other with a hammer.

When police arrived the culprit had already fled, but they did find the victim, who told police a stolen cellphone was what led up to the altercation. The injured victim, who had his cellphone stolen, said he managed to wrestle the hammer away from his attacker before the other man fled on foot.

He was able to provide a description of the man. The victim sustained only minor injuries, police said.

Officers began to search the area surrounding the mall for the attacker. Just after 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, GSPS got a tip that a man matching the description of the attacker had been spotted outside the New Sudbury Centre.

Police rushed to the scene and arrested the alleged attacker.

A 21-year old man has been charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm and theft under $5,000.

He was released on a promise to appear.