Stabbing victim a good guy

Acquaintances of the 40-year-old man who was stabbed several times at a Penticton motel on Tuesday, said he was a good guy who didn't deserve what happened to him.

The man, named Gordie according to friends, was stabbed after he rushed into a room at the Mayfair Motel to assist a woman who was being attacked.  

"Gordie is a good guy who helps everyone in the neighbourhood," said next door neighbour Diane Reddick. "He's an all around helpful guy, and my concern is whether or not he's OK."

The sound of screams, smashing and banging coming from the motel room next door woke Reddick early Tuesday.

She claims she almost became a victim herself.

"Everyone jumped up and started getting dressed, and my husband went to assist," she said. "I was in the doorway and he, (the assailant), ran at me after he attacked the other woman. He only has one eye and is a big man, so it was very scary."

She further recalls the man staggering out with the knife and Gordie following him out. Gordie was spurting blood everywhere, she said.

When the police arrived on the scene, there was a tussle to subdue the man with the knife.

The woman, who was choked during the initial attack in the motel room, declined to comment further on Wednesday.

She said Gordie was her ex-boyfriend and a good guy.

A friend Jesse Kenward remembered when a car went into the Walmart sign and was burning, Gordie was the first one to go right into the middle of it and pull people out.

"He grabbed the fire extinquisher from the front of my house, and obviously in this case he was the first one to jump into action," he said. "It's sad he got consequences for being a good person. Unfortunately, that's the way the world works sometimes."

While Reddick believed Gordie had been released already. Kenward said he was on his way to the hospital to find out how his friend was doing.

Penticton RCMP Sgt. Rick Dellebuur said as far as he knows the victim is doing alright and did not suffer life threatening injuries. Dellebuur was unsure if he had been released from hospital or not.

Meanwhile, the 40-year-old Penticton man involved in the stabbing appeared in a Penticton courtroom on Wednesday.

He has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of break and enter, one count of assault and one count of wilfully resisting or obstructing a peace officer.

The man has been remanded in custody for a 30 day psychiatric assessment.

As the man is in custody Castanet has chosen not to release his name to protect his estranged family, including his young children.


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