A man with an alleged history of mental illness and potential for aggressive behaviour, who went missing from hospital in Corner Brook just a week ago, is accused of assaulting a taxi driver Friday evening.
The Bay St. George Royal Canadian Mounted Police received a call from the taxi driver just after 7 p.m. in the Gallants area.
He reported being assaulted by a passenger — allegedly Stanislov Mikhail Kolobanov — during a paid trip. The driver, who did not return a call for an interview Monday, was reportedly taking the passenger from Corner Brook to Port aux Basques.
An officer with the Bay St. George detachment confirmed the incident, but would only say there was an altercation and the passenger was arrested and charged.
The 33-year-old Kolobanov appeared in weekend wash court, and is scheduled to have a bail hearing in provincial court in Stephenville today. He is charged with aggravated assault and a breach of probation.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary had issued a missing person report March 10, stating it was seeking public assistance in locating Kolobanov.
Police had received the request from Western Memorial Regional Hospital.
The release said the man has a history of mental illness, is delusional and potentially aggressive.
The public was urged to use caution when dealing with him.