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Alleged assaulter, car stealer moving through court system

Kenneth Karl Slezak, a 46-year-old Union Bay man who is charged with a variety of offences following an assault will make his next appearance in person for a bail hearing Sept. 22.

On Aug. 16, Comox Valley RCMP responded to a call of two men fighting roadside on Highway 19A in Union Bay. It was later discovered that a 72-year-old man had stopped to offer assistance to a younger man who was parked by the side of the road with his hazard lights activated, confirmed Const. Nicole Hall.

The older man was then attacked and threatened before having his vehicle stolen by the younger man, who then fled the scene.

Shortly afterwards, the Nanaimo RCMP located a hitchhiking man, who proceeded to assault RCMP members before being successfully placed in custody.

Slezak is charged with one count of robbery, theft of a motor vehicle, uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm and willfully resisting or obstructing a peace officer.

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