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Serious injuries after machete attack in Kelowna's Ben Lee Park

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August 08, 2016 - 2:19 PM

KELOWNA – Ben Lee Park in Rutland was the scene of a serious assault involving machetes early this morning.

Shortly after midnight, Aug. 8, police were called to the park in the 900 block of Houghton Road for a report two men armed with machetes attacked and seriously injured someone who was with a "group of associates," according to a RCMP media release.

RCMP say the suspects kicked, punched and slashed the victim, a 22-year-old Kelowna man whose name was not released.

“The victim had also sustained injuries as a result of being struck with the bladed weapons,” Const. Jesse O’Donaghey says in the release.

Police are looking for a heavy-set First Nations man between 25- and 30-years-old, approximately 6’ tall with a shaved head. The second suspect is shorter, Caucasian but also between 25- and 30-years-old wearing a sport jacket with grey and black sleeves and a baseball cap.

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police, or you have any information at all you are asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

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