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Kelowna man faces attempted murder charge for Halloween night attack

H20 Centre in Kelowna.
November 02, 2020 - 10:48 AM

A Kelowna man faces a charge of attempted murder after a Halloween night attack that left another seriously wounded.

RCMP sent out a press release Monday morning, offering insight into the Saturday night events that required a heavy police presence and left the area around a popular Kelowna amenity splattered with blood. 

In an RCMP press release sent out by Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy, police explained they arrested a 30-year-old man named Jesse Pez for allegedly attacked another man and leaving him severely injured in front of the H20 Centre on Halloween night.

The RCMP were made aware of the attack just after 5:30 p.m., Oct. 31.

"When officers arrived, they located a 23-year-old Kelowna man suffering from serious injuries sustained during the alleged attack. He was transported to hospital where he received medical treatment," Noseworthy said in the release. "The suspect was located and arrested at a residence a few blocks away."

The Kelowna RCMP did not say how the victim is faring today. RCMP has recommended a charge of attempted murder against Pez.

"He has been remanded in custody and his next scheduled court appearance is Nov. 2. The B.C. Prosecution Service is now assessing the investigative file for charge approval in accordance with (its) policies," Noseworthy said.

Pez is no stranger to police, though. According to court documents, in May 2020 Jesse John Pez was charged with uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm to commit bodily harm and assault. That matter is scheduled to go to trial next March.

Court documents also indicate that in 2017, he pleaded guilty to charges of robbery, break and enter, assault with a weapon and mischief for a 2016 North Vancouver incident.

The investigation remains ongoing. Because the matter is now before the court, RCMP said no further information will be released.

Anyone with any information about this crime can contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.

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