August 23, 2016 - 12:52 PM
KELOWNA – The man charged with stabbing a Kelowna woman in the back one week ago has now been charged for a machete assault on a friend of hers in Ben Lee Park one week prior.
RCMP Const. Jesse O’Donaghey says officers were called to Ben Lee Park shortly after midnight Aug. 8 with a report two men armed with machetes attacked and seriously injured a 22-year-old Kelowna man.
The identity of the victim was not disclosed but Matt LeBlanc came forward to iNFOnews and identified Antoine as his attacker.
Antoine was also arrested and charged with stabbing his 26-year-old ex-girlfriend in the back on Franklyn Road shortly before 6 a.m. Aug. 16. LeBlanc says Antoine was upset that the victim ended their six-year relationship and was meeting new friends.
“He’s just a jealous guy,” LeBlanc told iNFOnews.ca last week. “I heard he was looking for me and he even took the sim card out of her phone and put it in his phone. He sent me text messages trying to arrange a meeting pretending he was her because he knew we were hanging out.”
When Antoine found LeBlanc in Ben Lee Park around midnight, he and another man, who has not yet been charged, allegedly attacked him with machetes.
“They push me down onto my back and start hitting me with machetes,” LeBlanc said last week. “They both had machetes. One was serrated. (Antoine) starts digging the blade into my face and almost cut my earlobe off. They kicked me in the ribs, stomped my ribs, as soon as I stopped moving they stopped and left.”
In addition to charges of assault with a weapon for the alleged Aug. 16 attack on Franklyn Road, charges of assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm have been added. The offence date is Aug. 8, the same day LeBlanc was attacked in Ben Lee Park.
He has also been charged with resisting arrest and a second charge of domestic assault has been added which Crown alleges occurred June 28, two counts of breach of undertaking and willfully resisting or obstructing a peace officer.
Antoine is currently in custody and will next appear in court Sept. 6.
Matt LeBlanc was assaulted by two men with machetes in Ben Lee Park on Aug. 8, 2016. He says one of the men is the suspect in another stabbing that happened in Rutland Aug. 16.
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