03/03/2014 07:59 EST | Updated 05/03/2014 05:59 EDT

Man charged in alleged assault at B.C. politician's office: police

VANCOUVER - A Vancouver man has been charged in the alleged assault of a staff member at a B.C. politician's office.

Spencer Chandra Herbert, a New Democrat who represents Vancouver West-End in the provincial legislature, alleged last week that a man came into his constituency office shouting homophobic slurs and complaining about a rainbow flag hanging from his office.

Herbert alleged the man attacked his assistant and punched a hole in the door before leaving.

A 53-year-old man was arrested and now police say Michael Melvin Williams has been charged with assault and mischief under $5,000.

Police say Williams is expected to appear in court next month

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly said the suspect's name hadn't been released.