Vernon man facing assault, possession charges after violent incident at 7-Eleven

VERNON - A Vernon man is facing numerous charges after a violent incident at 7-Eleven.

Byron Melendez, 20, faces charges of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon, uttering threats, theft and possession of a controlled substance in connection with the Oct. 28 incident on 39 Avenue, Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says in a media release.

“Four persons suffered injuries as result of the man allegedly attacking people at the convenience store and gas bar,” Moskaluk says.

Last Friday shortly after 10:30 p.m., police received a report of an altercation between two men in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven.

One man departed in small, dark two-door car, while the second, who appeared to have suffered injuries, was reported to have then entered the 7-Eleven where he stole several items, Moskaluk says.

Upon leaving the store, the man provoked a second altercation with a group of people fuelling a vehicle.

“Before the suspect could be subdued by the group associated to the car being fueled, a female and male suffered hand injuries and another male was punched,” Moskaluk says.

RCMP arrived shortly after and arrested the man, who was found in possession of a significant amount of controlled substances.

The injured parties were treated and released at Vernon Jubilee Hospital, Moskaluk says. 

Following a court hearing on Monday afternoon, Oct. 31, Melendez was remanded in custody.

The incident remain under investigation. Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact the Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP at 250-545-7171 or Crimsestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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