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Manhunt follows assault in Rutland

August 16, 2016 10:15 A.M.



KELOWNA — RCMP are confirming that officers are investigating whether the stabbing in Rutland this morning is related to the machete attack in Ben Lee Park on Aug. 8.

Police are continuing to search for two suspects involved in the Ben Lee Park attack, which was said to be targeted.

According to witnesses from Tuesday morning's incident, the same man may also be one of the suspects in the machete attack.

A family member of the victim this morning says she suffered a one-inch puncture stab wound on her back, just below her shoulder blade. 

She was released from hospital and is said to be doing OK. 

On Tueday, Aug. 16, at 5:51 a.m., Kelowna RCMP responded to a report of the alleged assault with a weapon committed inside a residence in the 400 block of Franklyn Road.

Const. Jesse O'Donaghey said the victim, a Kelowna woman in her twenties, was transported to hospital with what police believe to be non-life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses told Castanet the woman was stabbed in the back by a man and rushed to hospital in a civilian vehicle with police escort. This information has not confirmed by RCMP.

The RCMP K9 unit was also seen scouring the area searching for the suspect, who police are still looking for. 

As the investigation is ongoing and charges have not been laid, O'Donaghey said police are not releasing the man's name at this point.

“RCMP can confirm that the victim and the suspect were known to each other and that this appears to be an isolated incident,” added O'Donaghey.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.

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