Machete attack in Rutland

The victim was with a group of associates when he was allegedly approached and attacked by two male suspects armed with machetes.

  • Aug. 8, 2016 6:00 p.m.

Mounties are searching for two suspects following a machete attack in Rutland.

The Kelowna RCMP responded Aug. 8 at 12:11 a.m., to a report of an assault that had just occurred in Ben Lee Park located in the 900 block of Houghton Road. Police have determined that the victim was with a group of associates when he was allegedly approached and attacked by two male suspects armed with machetes.

The two men allegedly physically kicked and punched the victim countless times. The victim had also sustained injuries as a result of being struck with the bladed weapons.

RCMP believe that the victim was targeted by his attackers, said Const. Jesse O’Donaghey, in a press release.

The police investigation is ongoing and the RCMP are searching for any additional witnesses who may have been in the area at the time. Police ask anyone with any information regarding this serious assault to come forward to police or remain anonymous and call Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers.

The victim, a 22-year-old Kelowna man, was taken to hospital, with what police believe to be serious non-life threatening injuries.

The first suspect was described to police as:

  • First Nations male;
  • Between 25 to 30 years of age;
  • Approx. 6’ tall;
  • Shaved head;
  • Heavy set;
  • Wearing a red shirt;

The second suspect was described to police as:

  • Caucasian male;
  • Shorter in height than suspect 1;
  • Between 25 to 30 years of age;
  • Skinny or slender build;
  • Wearing a sport jacket with grey and black sleeves and a baseball cap;

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police, or you have any information at all you are asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

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