A year-long investigation into shots fired in Polson Park now has three men facing charges ranging from attempted murder to robbery with a firearm and discharging a weapon in a reckless manner.
“It was a very lengthy investigation,” said Gordon Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson. “There was a lot of evidence that had to be gathered, there were a lot of statements that had to be put forward. It takes some time to put all the details together.”
RCMP responded to the Aug. 12, 2014 incident, following a report of shots being fired that morning. Shots were fired both in the park and at the Green Valley Motel, where a robbery is believed to have taken place.
“Containment was set up in the area and a lengthy investigation began,” said Molendyk.
No injuries were reported as a result of the gunshots and officers arrested one person in Vernon and three people were arrested in Kelowna shortly after.
All were released while the investigation continued.
“The investigation has determined that individuals were believed to have been involved in a robbery at one of the units of the Green Valley Motel where a firearm was discharged and ultimately led to the confrontation in Polson Park,” said Molendyk.
The person being shot at is one of three who now face charges, said Molendyk, adding that the robbery was likely in relation to drugs.
“We are happy to report that charges against three of the men that were originally arrested have been approved.”
All three Vernon men have been taken into police custody and now face charges.
Robin Rochmont, 34, faces seven charges, including attempted murder.
Jacob Lowes, 29, faces three charges, including attempted murder.
Adrian Dziedzic, 24, faces two charges, including using a restricted/prohibited weapon to commit robbery and discharge of a restricted/prohibited firearm.
All, who are known to police, were expected to appear in Vernon court this week.