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Staff member injured following incident with a thief…

QUESNEL, BC: A male employee of a local Quesnel business suffered several lacerations while attempting to stop a thief from stealing items on Tuesday (Mar 9) afternoon…

Police say at approximately 3:20 PM, employees at Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts observed a man attempt to steal items by concealing them in his jacket. When the employees attempted to stop the man, an altercation ensued. During the scuffle, one of the employees received cuts to both his hands and one ear after the male produced a knife.

Officers were a block away when the 911 call was received. James Peter Alexander Halvorsen, a 37 year-old Quesnel resident was taken into custody without incident. A knife was also seized at the scene.

At the time of this incident, Halvorsen was bound by numerous court conditions after being released from custody after another similar event. On February 18, 2021, it is alleged that Halvorsen attempted to steal a drill from Eagle Home Building Centre. When employees attempted to stop him, Halvorsen produced a knife and threatened the staff.

Furthermore, Halvorsen was also arrested on March 9, 2021, for assault causing bodily harm and uttering threats from another incident that occurred on February 14, 2021.

Halvorsen has been remanded into custody until March 16, 2021 on charges of robbery, assault causing bodily harm, uttering threats, theft under $5000, and failing to comply with release orders.

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