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Bat wielding Kelowna teen sent to court on robbery charges

An 18-year-old Kelowna man will appear in court today, following a brazen early-morning robbery with a bat.

At 2:23 a.m., Jan. !9, the Kelowna RCMP received a report of a robbery at the Capri Hotel, 1171 Harvey Avenue.

"A 57 year old Kelowna man was working the front desk when he was approached by the Kelowna man who wanted change for a $20 bill," said Const. Kris Clark.

"But before any exchange could take place, he produced a bat and struck the clerk in the hand. The clerk retreated and the young Kelowna man made off with a small amount of cash. A police services dog tracked the man to a residence on Belaire Avenue where he was arrested and taken into custody to appear in court later today."

The Capri Hotel employee sustained an injury to his hand and received treatment for it at the Kelowna General Hospital. The 18 year old Kelowna man is facing multiple potential charges including Robbery with a Weapon and Disguise with Intent. He has no criminal record at this time but is known to police.

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