Ottawa man charged with attempted murder in daylight hammer attack

A 35-year-old Ottawa man is facing an attempted murder charge in connection with what police are calling an unprovoked an attack on a woman.

It happened on Oct. 22 at 2 p.m., when a bearded man allegedly struck a woman in the head with a hammer as she got off the O-Train.

The woman, 27, was walking on Bayview Rd., near the roundabout at Burnside Ave., when she was attacked from behind.

The man then fled, running south on Bayview Rd.

The woman was treated by paramedics and taken to hospital.

Last week, police released a short video clip of the man chasing the woman.

The suspect was located by Ottawa Police on Monday and arrested downtown.

On Tuesday, Nabil Benhsaien, 35, appeared in court and was charged with attempted murder.

Prosecutor Riad Tallim said the Crown would seek to keep Benhsaien detained pending trial.

“The Crown is showing cause,” he said.

Benhsaien, appearing by video, listened patiently as lawyers talked but spoke up when it became apparent he would be remanded to another date.

“I need a bail hearing,” he said. “I need to schedule a bail hearing.”

Benhsaien will next appear in court by video on Hallowe’en.

— With files from Tony Spears

Twitter: @ottawasunkroche

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