Kelowna police arrest seven people, including 17-year-old, in violent home invasion robbery

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KELOWNA - Police arrested seven people under age 21 who used violence and bear mace in a violent break and enter robbery early yesterday morning.

All seven face numerous charges, RCMP spokesperson Const. Jesse O'Donaghey says in a release. Police believe they entered a residence in 2100-block of Burtch Road just after midnight, March 28. 

None of the four people home at the time, including a 53-year-old woman and three men aged 19 to 26, were seriously injured, though a 20-year-old man was struck several times, O'Donaghey says. 

"RCMP managed to safely take each of the suspects into police custody within a matter of several hours. Investigators also recovered the stolen property," O'Donaghey says. “Investigators have determined that the incident was a targeted and isolated event. At least one of the victims knew the attackers."

The 17-year-old Kelowna boy faces potential charges of break and enter to commit an offence, robbery and assault with a weapon, among others. The remaining six suspects each face potential charges of break and enter and robbery.

All seven accused suspects are expected to appear in court today, March 29.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Marshall Jones at mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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