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Arrests made in 2018 North Okanagan armed break-in

March 17, 2021 - 3:37 PM

Police have arrested several suspects involved in the armed break-in of a North Okanagan licensed marijuana grow operation that left its owner with a gunshot wound.

The incident took place in January 2018 and today, March 17, three men appeared at the Vernon courthouse facing charges related to the incident.

Darrin Daniel Sukovieff, born 1987, Joey Keith Faase, born 1990, and James Williams David Watkins, born 1986,  were charged with discharging a firearm with intent to wound or disfigure, break and enter, aggravated assault, disguising face with intent to commit an offence, and using a firearm to commit an indictable offence.

A fourth suspect, Raymond Norman Turcotte, born 1967, is also facing the same charges but does not appear to have been arrested as yet.

Court documents suggest the three men were all arrested a week ago, and remain in custody waiting for a bail hearing.

Little is known about the incident that took place Jan. 14, 2018, outside of Falkland.

"Investigators learned that the homeowner returned from town to find suspects had entered his residence," Vernon North Okanagan RCMP said in a media release issued the day after the incident. "The suspects were chased from the property, however not before the incident turned violent, with one suspect allegedly shooting the homeowner in the leg."

Police said the property was home to a licensed marijuana operation and the break-in appeared to have been targeting.

Sukovieff has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 2008 that includes charges for domestic assault, theft, and driving while prohibited.

Watkins has previously been convicted for assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm.

Turcotte also has a lengthy record dating back 20 years that includes theft, break and enter, and possession of a controlled substance.

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