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N.S. news: Person assaulted with axe in Pictou County, police say


Nova Scotia RCMP says they are searching for a suspect who assaulted someone with an axe in Pictou County Monday morning.


The alleged assault happened at a home on Greenwood Street in Thorburn, N.S., shortly before 9 a.m. Police say one person was left seriously injured and the victim is known to the suspect.


The RCMP has identified the suspect as 61-year-old John Douglas Cress and has released a photo of him.


Thorburn residents are advised to shelter in place and an emergency alert has been issued in Pictou, Antigonish and Colchester Counties.


Cress is described as being five-feet-10 inches tall, with grey hair and blue eyes. Police say he also may be wearing a long-sleeve grey sweatshirt and shorts.


Police say Cress fled into woods after the assault and he is believed to be on foot.


This is a developing story, more to come… 


For more Nova Scotia news visit our dedicated provincial page.




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