KELOWNA, BC: An unruly patron of a local pub was arrested and faces potential charges, after he allegedly committed a variety of criminal offences including arson, after a hedge next to the establishment was set ablaze.
On August 6, 2018 just before 4:30 pm, police were called to a licenced establishment located on Finns Road in Kelowna, for a report of a disturbance involving a male patron. Officers arrived on scene to find thick dark smoke billowing from behind the restaurant and their suspect being restrained by a civilian at the scene.
RCMP interviewed several witnesses at the scene and learned that the suspect, who allegedly failed to pay for his bill, had become agitated, verbally aggressive and allegedly uttered verbal threats when confronted by staff.
“Our investigators also believe that the suspect was responsible for the careless ignition of a blaze which consumed a nearby hedge and subsequently damaged the property, a fence and a pickup truck parked in the vicinity”, states RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey of the Kelowna Detachment. “We greatly appreciate the assistance of bystanders who safely apprehended the suspect and awaited police arrival, as well as those who took steps to fight the fire.”
If you witnessed this incident, have video footage of the event and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.