In the wake of stabbing incidents that took place in Kelowna and Chilliwack this weekend, RCMP are asking the public for further details as they continue their investigations and are seeking to identify the suspects involved.
After the two stabbings that took place in the Fraser Valley, police also issued an advisory for citizens to take precautions.
Kelowna RCMP stated today (June 7) that an investigation is underway into a stabbing that took place shortly before 11:30 p.m. on June 4.
Officers responded to a call reporting several people fighting in the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Water Street in a park space area between Stuart Park and the Cactus Club Restaurant.
Upon arrival, police found two 19-year-old victims suffering from stab wounds. Both individuals were taken to hospital for what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.
No arrests have been made yet.
As investigators believe there are more witnesses to this incident, anyone with more information, cellphone footage, surveillance videos, or dashcam footage is asked to the Kelowna RCMP General Investigation Section at 250-762-3300.
Meanwhile in the Fraser Valley around 9:15 p.m. on June 6, Chilliwack RCMP responded to a report about a stabbing in the area of Mary Street and Spadina Avenue.
According to Chilliwack RCMP, a 58-year-old had been approached and stabbed by an unknown male suspect in what investigators believe to be an unprovoked attack.
The victim managed to walk to Chilliwack General Hospital where he received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries, and was later released.
The suspect is described as a white male who is about 183 centimetres (six-feet) tall, has a slim to medium build, and frizzy dark brown hair. At the time of the incident, he was wearing dirty jeans and possibly a patterned blue top.
Then about 45 minutes later, Chilliwack RCMP received a report about a second stabbing that is believed to have taken place in the area of Mary Street, Bernard Avenue, and Alexander Avenue.
In this case, an 80-year-old man with dementia was stabbed.
He remains in intensive care at a hospital where he is receiving treatment.
Due to the timing and proximity of these two incidents, police believe that they may be related, but the investigation is still in its early phase.
RCMP are warning the public to take precautions, such as walking in well-lit areas, being accompanied by other people, and remaining aware of surroundings.
"Given the fact that that these incidents appear to be unprovoked, this is extremely concerning,”” Chilliwack RCMP Sgt. Krista Vrolyk stated in a news release. “Chilliwack RCMP will step up presence in the area but we are asking the community to remain vigilant.”
Any suspicious activity should be reported to police.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.