Interior RCMP manhunt ends with arrest of hitchhiking suspect

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KELOWNA – The hunt for a suspect wanted in connection with a domestic assault at Big White near Kelowna is facing charges after he was caught hitchhiking.

RCMP say officers were called to a report of a domestic assault at a home in the Big White area just before noon yesterday, June 27. The suspect’s vehicle was spotted by the responding officers, but when they tried to pull him over he took off.

The RCMP helicopter was called in and the vehicle was found abandoned on a Forest Service Road in the area, according to an RCMP media release. Police from Kelowna, Midway and Penticton, along with a police dog unsuccessfully searched for the suspect.

The suspect was “extremely motivated” to avoid getting caught and was familiar with the backcountry in the area, RCMP say.

Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says tips from the public sent officers back to Highway 33 this morning, June 28, to hunt for a hitchhiker who matched the suspect’s description.

“The suspect was located by police along highway 33, between Westbridge and Rock Creek,” O’Donaghey says in the release. “He was taken into police custody without further incident.”

A 27-year-old Kelowna man is facing criminal charges and is expected to appear in court.

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