Death of 33-year-old Port Alberni man results in charges being upgraded

Port Alberni

2023-09-06 15:04 HAP

Dossier nº 2023-8319

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Aux termes de la Loi sur les langues officielles, ce bureau n'offre des services au public qu'en anglais. Vous trouverez des renseignements généraux dans les deux langues officielles au cb.grc.ca et www.grc.ca.

On August 7, 2023 the Port Alberni RCMP received reports of a man who had been attacked with a weapon in the 3600 block of 4 Ave.

When police arrived, they located the 33-year-old victim with significant injuries, and learnt the assailant had fled the area. The victim was transferred to BC Ambulance Service, and later to a higher level of care.

The Port Alberni RCMP detachment with RCMP crest in the top right corner

The Port Alberni RCMP is dedicated to ensuring these crimes are investigated to the fullest extent, and ensuring the safety of the public, stated Constable Richard Johns. No resource was left idle, as our Major Crimes Unit has taken conduct of the investigation with the assistance of all available local supports.

After a complete and thorough investigation, on August 18, 2023 44-year-old Jonathan Womacks was charged with Aggravated Assault, unfortunately three days later the victim died due to their injuries.

On September 1, 2023 The BC Prosecution Service upgraded the charge to Second Degree Murder against Mr. Womacks, who remains in custody for a later court date.

Diffusé par :

Gend. Richard Johns

Agent des relations avec les m├ędias
GRC de Port Alberni
4444, rue Morton, Port Alberni (C.-B.) V9Y 4M8
Bureau : 250-723-2424

Courriel : richard.johns@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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