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RCMP looking for witnesses to drunken Kelowna crime spree

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October 25, 2016 - 2:55 PM

KELOWNA – Police may have arrested a man they say is responsible for a series of bizarre crimes that took place between Orchard Park Shopping Mall and downtown Kelowna yesterday, but they have a hunch there are more victims who have yet to come forward.

Const. Jesse O’Donaghey says Kelowna RCMP were called to the mall shortly before 4 p.m., Oct. 24, with reports an intoxicated man “displayed erratic behavior” and “had verbal altercations” with staff in at least two stores.

An hour and a half later, at 5:22 p.m., police received another report from someone who said they were threatened with a weapon while on a bus. The description the passenger gave fit the description of the man from the mall incident. The passenger was not injured.

A few minutes later, at 5:30 p.m., RCMP were called to the 400 block of Leon Avenue for what O’Donaghey says was a third incident involving the same man.

“Officers in the area searching for the suspect were flagged down by an employee of a business in the 1600 block of Pandosy Street,” he says in the release. “The employee told police that a man was inside his store with an apparent weapon. Officers located and arrested their suspect inside the store without further incident.”

O’Donaghey says investigators believe there are likely more witnesses or victims who have not yet come forward.

Police describe the suspect as a non-white male, 5’10", 150 lbs. with black hair and wearing a green jacket. He also carried a red duffle bag.

If you witnessed any of the above incidents, or you have been victimized at an additional location and you have not yet spoken to police you are urged to contact Cst. De Jong of the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Or simply remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

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