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Suspect in custody following violent liquor store robbery in Kamloops

William Paul Bolton, 33, of no fixed address in Kamloops has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and robbery.
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March 20, 2020 - 5:18 PM

The suspect who robbed a Kamloops liquor store and slashed an employee yesterday is behind bars and facing charges.

RCMP say a suspect was arrested without incident at around 11 a.m. today, March 20, after officers responded to a call about a suspicious man in a backyard on Arrowstone Drive.

The U District Liquor Store in the 700 block of McGill Road was robbed by a man with a "bladed weapon" yesterday and an employee was seriously injured when they were slashed, according to an RCMP media release.

The suspect's photograph was released to the public and several sightings and identifications were called in, police say.

William Paul Bolton, 33, of no fixed address in Kamloops has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and robbery.
William Paul Bolton, 33, of no fixed address in Kamloops has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and robbery.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / RCMP

William Paul Bolton, 33, of no fixed address in Kamloops has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and robbery.

He is currently in custody at the Kamloops RCMP detachment.

"This robbery involved a disturbing level of unprovoked and unnecessary violence," Staff Sgt. Simon Pillay said in the release. "From the moment RCMP were engaged, it was a priority case to resolve."

"Once again, the public greatly assisted us with the investigation by providing information on sightings, identity and ultimately leading us to him today. The RCMP thank the community for their engagement during these otherwise challenging times."

RCMP say they are releasing photos of the suspect in an effort to generate tips about his whereabouts during the past 24 hours.

Police are asking anyone who has seen Bolton during the last 24 hours to contact the RCMP non-emergency line 250-828-3000.


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