Castlegar sees a second brutal assault in less than two weeks
On Aug. 24, at approximately 5:50 a.m., Castlegar RCMP responded to a 9-1-1 call of a disturbance/assault in the 1700 block of Pass Creek Road.
Upon arrival, a 24-year-old male was noted to be bleeding heavily from the head. He had been struck by a heavy object. He was transported to Trail hospital and then on to Kelowna, where it was discovered he has a fractured skull. At this time, he is reported to be in “stable but serious” condition.
The 41-year-old suspect in this matter is the brother of the victim. He is presently in police custody. Police will be recommending a charge of Aggravated Assault, and a bail hearing will be held later this evening.
Police suspect that alcohol was a factor in this incident, and the investigation is continuing.
“I would think, yes, this is an unusual number of particularly brutal assaults,” said RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew. “It seems, to me, like it comes in waves, especially in summer time. There seem to be a lot of alcohol-related incidences. When I first got here, it was pretty quiet, just the usual kind of issue, and I’m hoping the advent of autumn will see a return to that status quo.”
In related news, the 73-year-old victim of multiple stab wounds is continuing to recover.