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A man accused of using a tool to attack and injure a vendor at the Mandan Walmart is facing two felonies related to the incident.

Hilario Flores, 24, of Bismarck was arrested Tuesday at a southwest Mandan residence for probation violations. He was charged Wednesday with aggravated assault with a weapon and terrorizing in connection with the midday Friday incident.

Flores allegedly told police he thought the vendor was a store employee who may have seen him attempting to steal, a police affidavit said. He is alleged to have attacked the vendor with a needle-nose pliers in an attempt to scare him. The man suffered a minor cut on one arm, a superficial wound to his back, a puncture wound in the back of his head, and a cut behind his left ear that required eight stitches, the affidavit said.

The store was evacuated after the incident while officers looked for the suspect, affecting about 100 people, police said.

Flores was identified as a person of interest Friday night. Police on Tuesday credited his apprehension to tips from the public.

South Central District Judge John Grinsteiner set Flores' bail at $100,000 cash Wednesday afternoon. Flores appeared in court by video from the Burleigh Morton Detention Center. Court documents do not list an attorney for him.

 

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Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or Travis.Svihovec@bismarcktribune.com

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