A Saskatchewan man in Revelstoke for a snowmobiling trip was stabbed in the back during a late night altercation at the Revelstoke 7-Eleven involving about 17 people. His friend also received minor cuts to his hand and face in the altercation.
Revelstoke RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Thomas Blakney said the pair were part of a group of five men from Saskatchewan here for a snowmobiling trip. They were set upon by a group of about a dozen others in the fuelling area in front of the convenience store at about 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 4.
Police said the two groups had a confrontation, and soon dispersed, and the injured men and their cohorts then took a taxi to Queen Victoria Hospital. Their injuries are not life threatening.
Police say they are continuing to review video camera footage from area businesses, and they have a description of a man they describe as “the assailant responsible for the stabbing.”
They are asking for information on a Caucasian male, about 5’8″ tall with short hair and a goatee. He was wearing a grey zip-up-style hoodie and blue jeans.
Police say the stabbing was the finale of an ongoing altercation after the bars let out Thursday night. They said the altercation started in front of Traverse night club, then proceeded towards the Lordco auto parts store before spilling over into the 7-Eleven parking lot.
Update: The Revelstoke RCMP press release upon which this story is based is included here as a supplement.
Update: 2:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4
This story has been updated with new information.
In a follow-up interview Cpl. Blakney said police don’t yet know where the group of a dozen men were from, but that comments to the effect of “this is our town” came from the group. “We are still trying to ascertain where this other group is from,” Blakney said.
Blakney said police are continuing to interview witnesses, review cell phone videos and CCTV videos. “No, we don’t know exactly what it was all about,” he said.
Blakney described the incident as less of a brawl and more of an ongoing shoving match confrontation. He said it was an example of why the best course of action is to walk away and avoid altercations. “All it takes is for one person to pull something out,” he said.
Blakney said the Revelstoke RCMP have had a Bar Watch program in place for about a year now. They coordinate security with local establishments, taking steps that include banning troublemakers from all bars.
He also reminded those who might step out of line of new municipal fines for fighting and urinating in public. “[If] you’re involved in a fight … you are going to get a $500 ticket.” The same goes for urinating in public.
Blakney has been serving in Revelstoke for about three years and said that police have a high profile around drinking establishments. “For the most part, it’s safe,” he said.
Police are asking for tips. Call the Revelstoke RCMP at 250-837-5255 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Update: In response to comments, here’s a Mountaineer background story on the $500 Revelstoke municipal fines for fighting, urinating, and other nuisance behaviours.