Vernon man arrested for splattering blood on Tim Hortons customers

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VERNON - A man is in custody following a bizarre incident at a Vernon restaurant Saturday afternoon.

Police say he was intentionally splattering people with his blood around 1:37 p.m. at the Tim Hortons on 58 Avenue near Walmart.

“He had a cut on his hand and was just flicking blood... in the direction of several people within that restaurant,” RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says.

It’s believed several customers got blood on them, or on the table they were sitting at, before the man departed. It’s not known how he cut his hand.

The 23-year-old man was arrested outside the restaurant and remains in custody. He has no fixed address, but is considered a Vernon resident. Police say he faces mental health issues.

“We have him in custody with the hopes of getting a charge and... getting some assistance for this individual,” Molendyk says.

His blood has not been tested to see if people directly affected should be concerned for their health. 

Police continue to investigate the assault and are asking anyone who had blood sprayed at them, or on their table, to phone the detachment at 250-545-7171. 

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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