RCMP investigating serious assault in Vernon establishment

A disturbing assault in a downtown Vernon establishment has Vernon RCMP asking for the public’s help

A disturbing assault in a downtown Vernon establishment has Vernon RCMP asking for the public’s help.

Officers responded at 1:30 a.m. Sunday to a report of an unconscious man inside Monashee’s Bar and Grill.

The victim, a 23-year-old Vernon man, was reportedly punched and kicked in the head.

“The victim sustained a serious head injury with a fracture at the base of his skull and a broken nose,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

The man was transferred to Kelowna General Hospital to be under the care of a neurosurgeon.

Officers conducted inquiries of staff and possible witnesses in the bar, and police were able to locate who they believe to be a 23-year-old suspect in the assault.

“He was arrested, but no formal charges have been laid at this time and he has been released from custody,” said Molendyk, adding there is no indication at this time that the victim and suspect knew each other.

The Vernon RCMP are asking anyone who witnessed this assault to please contact them at the Vernon detachment at 250-545-7171.