UPDATED: Pedestrian attacked in Deer Lake

Colin MacLean colin.maclean@tc.tc
Published on September 23, 2012
— Courtesy of the RCMP

The final charge laid in connection with this incident is listed by the RCMP as "overcoming resistance to commission of an offence."

A follow up inquiry with the RCMP shows that this uncommon charge is usually laid in instances where there has been a chocking attack. It means that the attacker continued the attack despite the victim fighting to get away.

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A Deer Lake woman was attacked in that community today while she was out for a morning walk.

Local RCMP is calling the incident a random act of violence.

Police say a 36-year-old man of no fixed address has been arrested in connection to the attack. He has been charged with numerous breaches of court orders, assault, assault with a weapon, uttering threats, obstructing an officer and one other charge that was unclear in the press release.

According to police, the woman, 56, was walking on Main Street in Deer Lake when someone came up behind her and put their arm around her neck in an attempt to choke her.

She was able to free herself and flag down a passing motorist for help.

RCMP arrested the suspect at the scene and he is being held in custody until a bail hearing Monday morning.