Bat attack follows suspected sexual assault in downtown Kamloops alley
A Kamloops man will likely face assault charges after taking the law — and a baseball bat — into his own hands on the weekend.
Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said the incident began shortly after 2 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, in an alley near Cactus Jack’s nightclub, which is located on Fifth Avenue, between Victoria and Lansdowne streets.
“A fellow and his girlfriend had come out of the bar and had heard a woman scream,” Learned said.
“They saw an individual pulling up his pants and a woman fleeing the area.”
Learned said the passerby assumed he had come across the aftermath of a sexual assault.
Police believe the man armed himself with a baseball bat and approached the perceived rapist, hitting him in the head with the weapon.
“They thought that the woman was the victim of sexual assault,” Learned said.
“We’ve been told that is not the case.”
Learned said Mounties have spoken to the screaming woman, who assured them no rape had taken place.
“You always hope people would call the police first before jumping to conclusions,” Learned said.
The man accused of wielding the bat was released on a promise to appear in court.
He has yet to be formally charged.