Police in the valley are investigating a downtown Courtenay attempted robbery.

At about 6:45 AM on Tuesday, RCMP were called out to the 5th street Bridge.

Police say the victim of the attempted robbery explained that a man approached him wanting whatever he had in his possession, and was posturing to assault him.

RCMP say the victim was able to flag down a passing motorist for help and escape the potentially violent situation.

The complainant provided a very detailed description of the suspect and Police located and arrested Lance Desjarlais a short distance away.

Upon arrest and search, the suspect was found in possession of a golf club that had been shortened and converted and could be used as a weapon. Desjarlais was sent to court several hours after the arrest for a bail hearing.

Charges were approved, which include Robbery, Uttering Threats, Possession of a concealed weapon, Assault and Possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose.

The suspect has been released from custody by a BC Provincial Court Judge with a condition to immediately leave the Comox Valley, among several other conditions.