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Police charge man with attempted murder in ambush attack on woman (Video)


Ottawa police say they've found and arrested a man in the brazen daylight ambush attack on a 27-year-old Ottawa woman that was captured on security video.

Police allege in court documents the man hit the woman with a roofing hammer.

"With the assistance of Patrol, he was arrested in the downtown area without incident," reads an Ottawa police news release. Nabil Benhsaien, 35, is to appear in court Tuesday afternoon on charges of attempted murder and breach of recognizance. Police say their investigation is ongoing and more charges may be laid.

A search of court records revealed Benhsaien has a lengthy criminal record, with at least three convictions for theft under $5,000 in 2012. Court records also show he  is already scheduled  to stand trial in April for possession and breach of probation charges. #ottnews

Police  thanked the public for helping in the investigation. Last week they released security video of a man running up behind a woman in what they said was an unprovoked attack that ended with the man hitting the woman on the head with an object and then running away.

The incident happened as the woman walked on Bayview Road, police say.

Ottawa Police Const. Chuck Benoit told Metro last week that the police were concerned about an unknown assailant being on the loose, as the video showed just how dangerous he could be.

The Oct. 22 incident happened around 2 p.m. as the woman walked near the roundabout at Burnside Avenue. She was struck in the head with an object, which caused her to fall to the ground. The man, who was a stranger to the woman, was last seen walking south on Bayview Road.

Paramedics took the woman to hospital for treatment for minor injuries, police say.

The incident was reminiscent of a string of three attacks that happened in 2011 and 2012 in Hintonburg in which women were hit in the head. In one case a woman was hit with a hammer and needed stitches.

The victim thought she saw two women walking in the area at the time who may have seen the male suspect, police said.

Police released this security image of the suspect in the attack.
Police released this security image of the suspect in the attack.

Anyone with information that could help in the investigation is asked to contact Investigators at 613-236-1222, ext. 5166 or phone Crime Stoppers Phone Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477(TIPS) or toll free at 1-800-222-8477.

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