Series of assaults keep police busy
Sep 4, 2012 / 4:32 pm
North Okanagan Police Files:
Police in Armstrong responded to two different assault calls over the past week.
On Aug. 29 just before midnight, an officer driving past the IPE grounds,on Pleasant Valley road, was hailed over by a security guard who informed him about a fight.
Police found a 21-year-old Armstrong man standing on the sidewalk with a black eye. Witnesses claimed the man pulled a knife on another person during an altercation.
The man was arrested for assault with a weapon, although no knife was actually located. However officers did find 23 individually packaged one gram baggies of marijuana on the suspect.
He was arrested for Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, and breach of his Suspended Sentence. Police have not been able to the charge of assault with a weapon as no knife was found.
Then the next day on Aug. 30 around 8:45 p.m. police responded to a call of a man in need of medical attention at the Branding Iron Pub.
According to RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk the 46-year-old Armstrong man had been severely beaten.
"Two male suspects were identified. One 50 years-old and the second one, 43, both of Armstrong had assaulted the victim in the bathroom of the Pub. "
A witness heard the victim yelling for help and had chased one of the suspects down after he fled the bar on foot. The two suspects were arrested for Assault Causing Bodily Harm and transported to Armstrong RCMP Detachment.
In Vernon, RCMP were also busy dealing with a series of assaults.
Just before 1 a.m. on Aug. 30 police received a report of a 34-year-old woman who had been assaulted by her common-law husband in their home along 1800 33rd street.
According to Molendyk the woman advised officers the suspect had consumed alcohol and cocaine and had attempted to push her out a window.
"When the police arrived the 43-year-old suspect had locked himself in his bedroom and barricaded the door. The suspect began yelling at police challenging them to fight with him. "
Officers were able to arrest the suspect with the use of pepper spray and he was then taken into custody.
The suspect was released on conditions at 9:30 a.m. not to return to the residence or contact the victim, says Molendyk.
"At 9:57 a.m., 27 minutes later, our officers were called to the address again and re-arrested the suspect as he had gone into the home through a bedroom window. "
The suspect was found hiding in a closet where he was arrested again.
On Sept. 1 around 9:15 p.m. police responded to a stabbing in the 3700 block of 27 street.
According to Molendyk a man had been stabbed during an altercation at a house party.
The victim, a 26-year-old Vernon man, was transported to VJH with a possible life threatening injury from a two inch stab wound.
The suspect, a 25-year-old woman from Vernon, was later arrested for aggravated assault. She has since been released on the conditions she will appear in court at a later date. The file is still being investigated.
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