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UPDATE: Man arrested in alleged machete attack being held in custody

One man facing multiple charges following report of an attack with machete on Sunday
One man is facing charges of assault and drug possession following an alleged attack with a machete in Nanaimo on the weekend. (News Bulletin file photo)

One man has been arrested and is facing multiple charges after he allegedly attacked another man with a machete in Nanaimo this past weekend.

Police were called to a multi-suite rental house on the 100 block of Wakesiah Avenue on Sunday at about 8:30 p.m.

“It was a male threatening another male in a house and he was thought to be armed with a machete,” said Const. Gary O’Brien.

When police arrived, a 34-year-old man and 23-year-old woman met officers outside and said the suspect was believed to be inside the home. As a precaution, the two suites in the home were evacuated, the home was searched with help from an RCMP police dog, but the suspect wasn’t found.

“Three hours later he returns home,” O’Brien said. “We locate him in the carport of the home, he’s arrested without incident and held in custody.”

Officers also found a small amount of drugs, suspected to be cocaine and heroin, on the suspect.

Ryan Andrew Ordway, 37, was held in custody and appeared in Nanaimo provincial court Monday where he was charged with assault, three counts of uttering threats and two counts of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine and heroin).

Ordway will remain in custody until his next court appearance Tuesday, Dec. 5.

“The machete was not located and the victim was not injured during the assault,” O’Brien said.

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