Attacker pleads guilty to another assault
A Kamloops man who was free on bail after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a violent robbery in August has now admitted to another attack last month in Barnhartvale — and he'll remain behind bars until sentencing.
Manny Brooks appeared briefly in Kamloops provincial court today (Dec. 8), where he entered guilty pleas to two counts of assault and a single breach charge.
The 20-year-old was arrested in the early-morning hours of Nov. 27, after police were called to an altercation at a house in the 5000-block of Leonard Place.
It's believed Brooks kneed and punched another man in the head at that location, and also struck a female witness when she attempted to intervene in the assault.
Police said the attack took place "for no apparent reason."
Brooks was also charged with one count of obstructing a peace officer, but that charge is expected to be stayed as part of a plea agreement.
He was alleged to have given officers at the scene a fake name, and then fled on foot.
Mounties said he was arrested after a short foot pursuit.
In August, Brooks was charged with robbery, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon after a violent drug-related robbery and beating in Aberdeen.
Facing charges alongside Brooks in that incident is prolific offender Josh Creusot, 24.
At the time, police said one of the attackers was armed with a baseball bat while the other brandished a knife.
Brooks pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the robbery in October. He was allowed to remain free on bail until his sentencing, which had been slated for January.
However, because he's now in custody on the new charges, that hearing has been moved up to Dec. 19 — at which time he's expected to be sentenced on both matters.
Creusot has pleaded not guilty and remains in custody.
Brooks has no criminal record.