RCMP have issued an emergency alert in parts of Nova Scotia after a man was assaulted with an axe in Thorburn on Monday morning.
The alleged assault took place at a home on Greenwood Street in Thorburn, N.S., shortly before 9 a.m. The victim, who is known to the suspect, sustained serious injuries during the incident.
Police have identified the suspect as 61-year-old John Douglas Cress and have released a photo of him. He is described as being 5-feet-10 inches tall, with grey hair and blue eyes. He may be wearing a long-sleeve grey sweatshirt and shorts.
Cress is described as five feet ten inches tall, grey hair and blue eyes.
He may be wearing a long sleeve grey sweatshirt and shorts.
Emergency alert issued to Pictou, Antigonish and Colchester Counties.
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— RCMP Nova Scotia (@RCMPNS) October 30, 2023
RCMP said that Cress fled into the woods after the assault and is believed to be on foot. Residents of Thorburn, as well as those in Pictou, Antigonish, and Colchester Counties, have been advised to shelter in place. An emergency alert warning of a “dangerous man armed with an axe” was issued to these areas just after 10 a.m.
People are advised not to pick up hitchhikers and to call 911 if they see Cress. Police say more information will be released as it becomes available.
This is a developing story, and updates will be provided as new information becomes available.