03/25/2015 08:07 EDT | Updated 05/25/2015 05:59 EDT

Nanaimo RCMP arrest man in connection with assault on sex workers

NANAIMO, B.C. - Mounties are recommending charges of assault with a weapon and uttering threats against a man they say threatened two women with a two-by-four in Nanaimo, B.C.

Police say they began their investigation two weeks ago after learning of the incident that took place on March 5.

An RCMP statement says witnesses told them words may have been exchanged between the three just before the assault on the two sex-trade workers.

The Mounties say the victims did not require medical treatment.

The 54-year-old man's first court date is set for June 16 in Nanaimo provincial court.

Const. Gary O'Brien says investigators are following up with other sex workers who may have had similar occurrences but didn't report them.