KELOWNA: A man has been arrested after allegedly assaulting a woman and two other men inside a Gurdwara in Kelowna.
One of the victims was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries after the assault at the Okanagan Sikh Gurdwara, on Rutland Road North, at about 8:50 a.m. on Monday morning.
The arrested man is accused of stepping onto the Gurdwara’s property and behaving aggressively towards others.
He is alleged to have then grabbed a woman’s arm before attacking a man who intervened.
Mounties said the suspect then went inside the Gurdwara and assaulted another man before he and the previously assaulted man wrestled him to the ground.
“Both men should be recognized for their bravery and determination in subduing the suspect, despite being injured during the physical altercation,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey of the Kelowna RCMP.
“These men more than likely prevented further similar attacks against other innocent bystanders.”
The arrested man – who is 29 and from Kelowna – faces a number of charges.
Investigators do not believe the assaults were religiously motivated.
“Although we don’t believe the unidentified woman sustained any injuries, our investigators would like to hear from her about her encounter, as we continue to investigate,” said O’Donaghey.
If you witnessed the incident, or had a similar encounter in the immediate area and have not yet spoken to police, you are asked to call the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300