Man attacked with baseball bat on Coldwater Avenue
Merritt RCMP have responded to several assaults since the start of the month including an incident that left a man bleeding on the sidewalk with a head injury from a baseball bat.
Officers were dispatched on Sept. 1 at around 1:30 a.m. after receiving a complaint of the assault that occurred on Coldwater Avenue.
“Police located a male lying on the sidewalk bleeding from a head injury caused by a baseball bat,” said Merritt Staff Sgt. Sheila White.
RCMP officers are seeking anyone who may have witnessed the assault and are trying to determine a motive for the attack. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Merritt RCMP at 368-4262, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Police also responded to a second report of an assault on Sept. 1 at the Cabin Lake Forestry Site.
White said a Good Samaritan intervened in a domestic dispute between an Alberta couple and transported the victim — a 40-year-old woman with non-life threatening injuries — to the Merritt RCMP Detachment.
Police arrested 47-year-old Ocean Steele, who was formally charged with assault causing bodily harm and brought before a Justice of the Peace.
“Mr. Steele was released from custody with several conditions placed on his behaviour and will appear in court in early October 2012,” said White. “Alcohol was a factor in this investigation.”