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Officer seriously injured after being assaulted in Richmond Hill mall parking lot: police

York Regional Police officer allegedly assault in Richmond Hill mall parking lot
WATCH: A York Regional Police officer is in hospital after he was allegedly assaulted in a Richmond Hill, Ont., parking lot. As Erica Vella reports, a 22-year-old is in custody.

York Regional Police say a man has been charged with attempted murder after an officer was assaulted in a Richmond Hill mall parking lot.

A police spokesperson told Global News the incident happened at around 3:40 p.m. on Friday in the parking lot of Hillcrest Mall, near Yonge Street and Carville Mall.

The spokesperson said the suspect approached the officer, who was inside a parked cruiser near a Marshalls store, and allegedly assaulted them.

In a news release Saturday morning, police said the assault continued outside of the vehicle, at which point the suspect took possession of the officer’s baton.

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Video shared on social media appears to have captured part of the incident. It’s believed the suspect was dressed in a full-body, white protective suit.

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The officer, who is a four-year veteran of the force, sustained serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said Chidubem Anthony Okeke, 22, has since been charged with attempted murder and failure to comply with recognizance.

He was scheduled to appear in a Newmarket court on Saturday.

Investigators said they are seeking any video surveillance of the incident.

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