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UPDATE: Kamloops break-in suspect charged with attempted murder

November 21, 2017 - 4:17 PM

KAMLOOPS - A Kamloops man has now been charged with several counts including attempted murder in connection to two break-ins in the city.

Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says in a news release that John Andrew Carlton Stark, 31, is facing one count of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of break and enter and three firearms offences.

Two homeowners in the Dallas neighbourhood of Kamloops were seriously injured yesterday, Nov. 20, after getting in separate altercations with a break-in suspect.

Shelkie said earlier today that a Kamloops man was returning home from work yesterday afternoon when he found an unknown man in his home. 

The homeowner struggled with the suspect and received serious injuries including lacerations to his head, Shelkie said.

The suspect allegedly fled this residence and broke into another home nearby. The homeowner was in the residence and there was another physical confrontation, leaving the homeowner with stab wounds.

An off-duty Kamloops police officer saw the suspect leaving the home and chased him to a third residence where the suspect climbed in a vehicle. Shelkie says the officer kept the suspect in the vehicle until other officers arrived and arrested 31-year-old Stark. The charges against him have not been proven in court.

The homeowner who was stabbed was released from hospital last night and the man who suffered lacerations to his head is still receiving medical care.

Shelkie said Stark is previously known to police. She told iNFOnews.ca in a phone interview that the suspect is not connected to a halfway house in the area.

Police said last night that the call for a break and enter at a Dallas home came in at approximately 4:10 p.m. yesterday afternoon.

— This story was updated at 9:33 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, to include new information from Kamloops RCMP.

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