Kelowna – The murder suspect has been taken into custody. His name cannot be released until charges have been laid.
The investigation remains a priority and is ongoing.
Earlier – RCMP were closing in on a suspect Friday after a middle-aged man was stabbed in the neck and died on a Kelowna transit bus Thursday.
RCMP investigators know who the suspect is and the general area where he was hiding.
The BC Transit bus was heading to the UBC Okanagan campus with 15 to 20 passengers when the apparently random attack happened on the bus near Baron Road just before Leckie at supper time.
The assailant, believed to be in his 20s, was walking off the bus when he made a “shoving” motion toward the victim, a 55-year-old Kelowna man. Police said he used a weapon. A witness told Castanet he stabbed the passenger in the neck.
source: RCMP/Penticton Herald files
The attacker got off the bus before the driver realized what happened.
“The way the driver described it, it looked like somebody just touching somebody else saying goodbye,” said Les Milton, president of Amalgamated Transit Union’s Kelowna local. “You’re looking in the mirror. You’re not seeing things from devious eyes.”
The victim began bleeding heavily. Passengers pressed clothing against his neck to stanch the flow. He bled out and died on the bus.