Carjack suspect behind bars
The man police believe was involved in an attempted carjacking outside a Kamloops fast-food restaurant earlier this week will remain behind bars, although he has yet to be charged.
Jeffrey Bruce Weber was arrested on Tuesday (Feb. 8), the day after police say he beat a woman while trying to steal her car in the parking lot of the Sahali A&W.
According to Mounties, the 27-year-old approached a woman as she walked to her vehicle outside the restaurant at about 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 7.
Investigators believe he first offered her help and then demanded her keys. When she refused, police say, he began beating her.
Mounties say the woman freed herself by sounding the panic alarm on her vehicle and alerting passersby.
The man fled on foot.
The next day, police said they arrested a suspect who was taken into custody following a separate alleged theft.
According to police, the man was combative during his arrest.
Weber, who is from Ontario, is facing charges of theft under $5,000 and assaulting a police officer.
It’s not yet known if he will be charged in relation to the carjacking.
He’s expected to return to court on March 7.
Alleged attacker denied bail
A Kamloops man alleged to have attacked a security guard with a meat thermometer this week has found himself in hot water.
Michael Robin Zander is facing charges of assault with a weapon, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and breach of undertaking after an alleged incident just after 8 a.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 8).
Crown prosecutor Alexandra Janse said police were called to a parking garage at 301 Victoria St. after a security guard was attacked with a sharp metal object — later determined to be a meat thermometer.
Zander, 60, is alleged to have “grunted and barked” at the security guard before lunging at him.
Court heard that, after a brief struggle, the two men fell to the ground and the guard noticed a sharp metal object in his attacker’s right hand.
Janse described the thermometer as having a four-inch spike and a power cord running from its base.
Police located Zander downtown nearly four hours after the attack.
“He stated to police he was just about to head to their station to file a complaint about the guard, who he said attacked him,” Janse said.
Zander was on two separate bail orders at the time of his most recent arrest.
He’s alleged to have tried to pick a fight with a worker outside the Henry Leland House on Jan. 27 and then threatened to kill ASK Wellness Centre staff members on Jan. 28.
Zander was denied bail and is expected back in court on Feb. 14.