One man is facing assault charges after a random assault resulting in a stand off with police in the parking lot of Cherry Lane Mall.
Danny Douglas Ross, 31, is in custody and facing one count of assault, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and wilfully resisting or obstructing a police officer.
RCMP said on Jan. 3 a witness called 911 after observing Ross walk up to a 78-year-old male and punch him in the head. Witnesses told police that Ross had separated a pair of scissors and was using the two halves like knives to threaten people in the parking lot.
RCMP reported they located Ross by the outside of the The Bay and was told by police to drop the knives. An officer pointed a firearm at Ross and RCMP said Ross told the officer to shoot him and the second officer on scene utilized a Taser in subduing Ross in the northwest parking lot at Cherry Lane Mall
“Excellent work by constables on scene,” said Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth, Penticton RCMP. “Controlling a person who was threatening police with knives, randomly threatening to assault citizens and obviously had mental health issues.”
The man was taken to hospital, not due to any injuries, but because of a mental health warrant which had been issued previously.
Police said the man who was assaulted was not seriously injured.
Ross is scheduled for a bail hearing on Jan. 6 in Penticton Provincial Court.