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Charges laid after downtown Calgary random assault spree

Calgary police have laid charges against a man who is alleged to have assaulted at least 10 people in the Downtown Core on Nov. 15.

Nhila Kual Kual, 28, has been charged with eight counts of common assault and two counts of uttering threats.

The Calgary Police Service (CPS) said that the victims suffered minor injuries, and no weapons were reported to have been used.

Kual was alleged to have begun assaulting random individuals across downtown shortly after 7 a.m.

“The behaviour of this individual was absolutely unacceptable and the impact he had on our community can not be underscored,” said CPS Staff Sgt. Kurt Jacobs.

Police believe that Kual travelled through several buildings including Bow Valley College, Rocky Mountain Plaza, and downtown malls.

A member of the public called police shortly after 9 a.m. to report a man that had the appearance of Kual, but was wearing different clothing. Investigators later determined that he had switched out his clothing after the alleged morning assaults.

Kual was alleged to have threatened a bank teller in the CORE Shopping mall at 11:55 a.m. and shortly thereafter a second bank teller at Brookfield Place.

Police said they engaged in a lengthy foot chase with Kual, which eventually led to his arrest at 12:30 p.m. in the area of 1 Street SE and 3 Avenue SE in Chinatown.

“We are grateful to the media and the public who actively participated in providing information throughout the morning that assisted in his safe apprehension,” said Staff Sgt. Jacobs.

“This was a collective effort with our partners at bylaw and Transit and we extend our thanks to them as well.”

Police said that several of the assaults were reported by witnesses, rather than those assaulted. They are asking anyone with information regarding Tuesday’s assaults to contact 403-266-1234, or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.