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Charges Laid Following Knife Assault in Radium Hot Springs

Columbia Valley RCMP has taken two suspects into custody following a “targeted” knife assault that included a “high-risk takedown” in Invermere last week.

Police originally responded to a report of a knife assault around 12:10 pm on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, in Radium Hot Springs along Forsters Landing Road. The victim, a 24-year-old man was taken to hospital by a bystander with non-life threatening injuries.

“Early in the investigation, officers were able to identify two male suspects believed to be involved in the knife attack,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the BC RCMP Southeast District. “A short time after 12:40 pm, RCMP spotted the suspects inside a black BMW sedan, and performed a traffic stop in the vicinity of the Althalmer Bridge in Invermere.”

O’Donaghey said that because there was a weapon involved, it was a high-risk takedown of RCMP to take both suspects into custody.

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As a result of the RCMP’s investigation a 37-year-old Invermere man has been charged with break and enter with intent to commit an offence, assault causing bodily harm, assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and three counts of uttering threats. As well, a 54-year-old man was arrested by later released on strict conditions, although RCMP said he still may face potential charges in relation to the assault.

RCMP are seeking any additional witnesses who have not yet spoken to police and may be able to provide additional details. Those with information can contact the Columbia Valley RCMP detachment at 250-342-9292 or anonymously provide information through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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