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Man beaten and robbed in Knowles Park

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 | 4:15 pm

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Submitted by Kelowna RCMP

A 24 year old male, of no fixed residence, was bruised and sore after being attacked by two thugs at a park on Bernard St. on April 11th.

The attack occurred at 11:30 p.m. while the victim was sitting on a park bench at Knowles Heritage Park situated at the corner of Bernard and Ethel Streets.

The victim stated that he was hit from behind by some kind of metal object. He was pushed off the bench and  set upon by the two males, who punched and kicked him while he was on the ground. After the beating, he was searched and his wallet taken. His bank card was removed and the suspects demanded his PIN number as they brandished a pair of pliers threateningly.

The man provided his PIN number and was told by the males to wait one hour until his PIN could be verified, threatening to return if it was wrong. The assailants warned that another associate was waiting out of sight to insure the victim stayed put for the one hour. The victim remained for one hour and then ran to his vehicle where he stayed the remainder of the night before contacting police.

The victim could not identify his assailants as their faces were covered by bandanas. It was clear that he had suffered some kind of assault as there was significant bruising to his face, chin, arms, back and ribs.

The investigation is ongoing and police are asking the public for help. If anyone saw or heard anything or anyone at the park on the evening of April 11th, or has any information concerning this incident, please call the Kelowna Detachment at 250-762-3300, or Crime Stoppers.

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