Witnesses to Tuesday's early morning stabbing incident at Penticton's Mayfair Motel described it as a chaotic scene.
The roommate of the woman who was choked in unit 18 at the motel on Skaha Lake Road, said she woke up at 4 a.m. and saw some dude sitting in her living room.
She started freaking out, and the second woman in the apartment got up because she was yelling.
"As soon as he saw her he started choking her," the roommate said. "I said what are you doing and he came at me and punched and kicked me."
The other woman ran for help and she ran out to the 7-Eleven.
The man who was stabbed while assisting the women, was identified as Gord, the choking victim's ex-boyfriend.
Neighbour Michel Poulin said he also entered the motel room to help Gord, who was being stabbed by the large assailant.
The suspect then walked out with the knife in his hand, said to be from Unit 18's kitchen, and started screaming at officers who had arrived at the scene, Poulin said.
Gord also left the motel room, and Poulin further assisted him.
"He was bleeding all over the place," he said.
On Tuesday afternoon, there were droplets of blood leading away from Unit 18 and large pools of it on a bench and on the ground in the parking lot.
Management declined to comment on the incident.
Witnesses said the man who was stabbed was still at Penticton Regional Hospital. They were unsure of his condition.
The woman who was choked said if her roommate and others who assisted had not been there she would be dead.
The male suspect was treated for minor injuries and returned to the Penticton detachment, where he remains in custody.
All parties involved are local residents. Investigation into the incident continues.