Weapon Produced During Hitch Hiking Attempt

Arrest

On September 1, just after midnight, Vernon North Okanagan RCMP frontline officers responded to a report of a weapon that was allegedly produced during a hitch hiking attempt in the area of 34th St and 19th Ave, Vernon BC. Three individuals reported to police that they attempted to solicit a ride by hitch hiking, however once a vehicle pulled over and made contact with them the ride was declined due to the lack of seating available. 

During the interaction between both parties, the ride was declined by the three victims and a verbal argument ensued, says RCMP Cst. Kelly Brett. The driver of the vehicle then allegedly produced what was believed to be a sod off shot gun. The victims quickly fled the area safely on foot.

Further investigation into the incident led frontline officers to an address in the Vernon area, and with the assistance of the Police Dog Service Unit a male suspect was located hiding in an outbuilding and taken into custody without incident. The firearm was located and seized by police. 

The 18 year old Vernon male is facing six counts of firearm related charges and is scheduled to appear in court at a future date.