Random assault reported downtown Kelowna

Random attack downtown

A Kelowna man says he was the victim of an unprovoked attack downtown late last week.

The 28-year-old man, who requested to stay anonymous for his personal safety, said he was walking with three friends along the waterfront in front of the visitor centre on Friday at around 8 p.m.

A man in his 30s, wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, shoved him unprovoked.

When the victim and his friends started to confront the attacker, who was walking away, the attacker circled back and smashed one of the group in the face with a flashlight and discharged pepper spray.

The attacker then got on a bike and rode away, north towards the marina.

The downtown resident says he is rattled by the incident. For years now, he would go on walks downtown nearly every evening.

“But now, I don’t think it will feel safe. For the last few days, I’m not even out of my house,” he said.

Kelowna RCMP spokesperson Const. Mike Della-Paolera confirmed the assault was reported and officers attended.

“The victims were unable to provide any information on who the suspect was other than a man with a grey hoodie and he left on a bike,” Della-Paolera said.

“There are no cameras at the visitor centre but officers viewed other surveillance which showed the surrounding area, which also not show anyone matching the description provided,” the officer added. “Patrols by officers also did not locate any potential suspects.”

RCMP offered victim services to the victims, Della-Paolera said, but it was declined.

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