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Woman attacked at knifepoint

May 18 2012

A 33-year-old man has been charged after a woman was sexually assaulted and robbed at knifepoint in Nanaimo on Wednesday night.

The 28-year-old sex trade worker was approached by a man. As they walked down to the beach near Shoreline Drive, the woman was sexually assaulted and robbed at knifepoint, said Nanaimo RCMP spokesman Const. Gary O'Brien.

The woman ran away and called 911 from her cellphone at 10: 40 p.m.

Police set up a containment area and at 10: 53 p.m., Const. Clayton Wurzinger and his dog, Boomer, found a man hiding nearby. The knife used in the attack was also located.

The woman had bruises, cuts and scrapes but did not have to hospitalized.

Ryan Michael Harris appeared in Nanaimo court Thursday and is charged with assault with a weapon, sexual assault with a weapon and robbery.

He has been released on a promise to appear in court on May 29.

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