Chilliwack Law Courts. (Black Press file)

Chilliwack Law Courts. (Black Press file)

53-year-old Chilliwack man facing charges after rampage at Garrison grocery store

Customers helped detain maskless man who is now charged with assault causing bodily harm

A 53-year-old Chilliwack man is facing several criminal charges after an alleged violent rampage at the Save-On-Foods grocery store in Garrison Crossing on Wednesday.

A number of visitors to the store reported seeing a man not wearing a mask, as required by public health order, attacking customers and possibly a security guard.

Chilliwack RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Mike Rail said just before 3 p.m. on Jan. 26 police received a report of a man who entered the store and became aggressive.

“He was causing a disturbance and he punched some people,” Rail said Friday.

“The man was restrained by bystanders and employees.”

While more than one person reported to The Progress they thought it was about pandemic mask requirements, Rail said that while the man was not wearing a mask, that was not what the aggressive behaviour was about.

Gordon Grsic was arrested by RCMP officers at the scene and taken into custody.

Grsic is charged with assault, assault causing bodily harm, uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, and mischief $5,000 or under.

He first appeared in court on Jan. 27. He was released from custody and is next due in court Feb. 22.

Grsic has no history of criminal involvement in B.C., according to Court Services Online records.

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