Two arrested after Kelowna stabbing

UPDATE: Edmonton man has been charged with aggravated assault

UPDATE:

Police say Chaouki Monssef has been charged with aggravated assault in relation to the stabbing of a 19-year-old Kelowna man on Friday morning.

They also say the 36-year-old Edmonton man and his victim are not known to each other, and the incident that led to the stabbing apparently arose from a fight involving several people.

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Police say they have arrested two men after a stabbing outside a nightclub in the 200-block of Lawrence Avenue early Friday morning.

Around 2 a.m., a uniformed RCMP officer was driving on Lawrence Avenue when he spotted a group of people fighting in the alley beside the nightclub, said Sgt. Ann Morrison.

Witnesses told police that a man had been stabbed and the police investigation has led officers to believe another man was responsible for the stabbing.

“The 19-year-old victim was taken to Kelowna General Hospital where he continues to receive treatment for a single stab wound to the abdomen,” said Morrison.

The victim is from Kelowna, while a man police arrested at the scene is a 36-year-old Edmonton man.

A second Edmonton man, 29, was also arrested for obstruction when he allegedly intervened in the arrest of the stabbing suspect, police say.

The man arrested for obstruction has been released from police custody on a promise to appear in court at a later date.

The stabbing suspect was still in police custody late Friday morning and charges are pending.

Morrison said police are continuing to investigate and obtain statements from witnesses, and said the relationship between the accused and victim, if any, will be determined through that probe.

Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to call the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

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