Arrest update: Major arrests shut Kelowna streets and take down alleged dangerous offenders

Darryn Allen Nelson is facing three charges as the result of Thursday's arrest

  • Apr. 12, 2013 9:00 a.m.

Darryn Allan Nelson

A six-foot, seven-inch man nicknamed “Too Tall” was the individual arrested in a high-stakes take down in Glenmore last week, allegedly after going to a West Kelowna home and beating up the occupant.

Kelowna court records show Darryn Allen Nelson, a 38-year-old Sicamous resident in town last Thursday evening, is now facing three charges in relation to the assault.

He is next expected in court on Tuesday, Apr. 23 and is charged with assault causing bodily harm, assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, all stemming from the West Kelowna incident.

Kelowna RCMP spokesman Kris Clark said Nelson is alleged to have gone to the West Kelowna home to speak with an individual inside, only to beat up the person who came to the door. A motive for his actions has not been released.

Court documents show he has also breached the terms of court orders based out of Spillimacheen, a small town near the British Columbia border between Golden and Invermere.

Nelson was apprehended the same evening as a 24-year-old associate, taken in a separate arrest made on Springfield Road. Police say they did not commit the assault together and that the second individual was not involved in the West Kelowna incident.

“We knew these two to be dangerous, prolific offenders…and we knew they were both here in town,” said Clark, noting they were making the best use of the resources needed to execute their arrests. The operation took considerable planning as it involved officers from Kelowna and Penticton and the use of a helicopter and police dogs.

Clark did not know whether the pair are connected to organized crime, only that they both had outstanding warrants for their arrest and are known to each other.

Crime Stoppers information indicates a Canada-wide warrant was issued on Tuesday, Apr. 9 for Nelson. He weighs in at 196 pounds.

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A 38-year-old Sicamous man implicated in a West Kelowna assault case, and a man from Penticton with a warrant out for his arrest, were apprehended separately in a connected investigation last night.

At 8 p.m. Thursday evening, members of the RCMP’s street enforcement team spotted the individual from Sicamous, allegedly a prolific offender, going into a known drug house in the 1800-block of High Road.

The individual had outstanding warrants for his arrest and was listed as “armed and dangerous” owing to his alleged involvement in an assault in West Kelowna four days earlier, Kelowna RCMP said in a statement released Friday morning.

With assistance from Penticton plainclothes members, local RCMP used police dogs, a helicopter and uniform officers to shut down the road, surround the residence, then negotiated his surrender.

On the other side of town, the officers’ partners tracked down a 24-year-old Penticton man also wanted on outstanding warrants. They found him driving a red Pontiac Grand Am on Springfield Road at Benvoulin Road, though he was known to be prohibited from driving.

The RCMP indicated he had methamphetamine on him at the time of the arrest, though nothing has been said about how the two arrests are connected.

The Sicamous man is facing the potential of new charges relating to the incident last weekend, including of assault with a weapon and pointing a firearm. The Penticton man is also likely facing new charges, including drive while disqualified and possession of a controlled substance, owing to the circumstances of his arrest.

Both men are in court today.

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