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Peterborough County woman attempts to light fire, bite mall guard after theft arrest: police

Peterborough police made a gunpoint arrest following a firearm incident on Aug. 18, 2022. Peterborough Police Service

A Peterborough County woman is facing charges after an incident at Lansdowne Place mall on Thursday.

Around 5:30 p.m., Peterborough Police Service officers were called to a store in the mall after reports mall security had apprehended a woman who was taking items and leaving without paying.

Police say before officers arrived, the woman—  while in a holding cell  — attempted to start a fire and then tried to bite a mall security officer who attempted to intervene.

Read more: Security guard attacked on trail behind Lansdowne Place mall in Peterborough: police

The 35-year-old woman was arrested and charged with assault and theft under $5,000.

She was later released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear in court in Peterborough on Feb. 15.

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It’s the second assault incident at the mall this week following an incident involving a 34-year-old woman on Wednesday.

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