A 33-year-old man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder in connection with the robbery this week of a private liquor store that left the manager with dozens of stitches after being slashed with a knife.
William Paul Bolton, of no fixed address in Kamloops, was arrested on Friday morning and has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and robbery. He is in custody at the Kamloops RCMP detachment on Battle Street.
Bolton was arrested at about 11 a.m. after police responded to a call of a suspicious male in a backyard on Arrowstone Drive in Sahali, not far from the U District Liquor Store in the 700-block of McGill Road, where the robbery took place on Thursday.
Police were called just before 12:30 p.m. after a man entered the store and slashed the clerk with a knife before stealing money from the till and running away. Mounties set up a perimeter in the area, but were unable to find the suspect. The injured employee was taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
A suspect photograph was released and several sightings and identifications were called in to the RCMP.
"This robbery involved a disturbing level of unprovoked and unnecessary violence,” Staff Sgt. Simon Pillay said. “From the moment RCMP were engaged, it was a priority case to resolve. Once again, the public greatly assisted us with the investigation by providing information on sightings, identity and ultimately leading us to him today. The RCMP thank the community for their engagement during these otherwise challenging times."
Anybody who may have sen Bolton in Kamloops on Thursday or Friday is asked to call police at 250-828-3000.