A suspended sentence has been given to a Vernon man in connection with a bizarre attack in downtown Vernon earlier this year.
Thomas Brian Ritchie, born in 1986, pleaded guilty in July, according to court documents, to one count of assault with a weapon in connection with a violent incident in the 3500 block of 27th Avenue in February.
Ritchie received the suspended sentence on the count Monday. He was also placed on two year’s probation, ordered to pay a $200 victim surcharge and provide a DNA sample.
Stay of proceedings were entered on two other counts of assault causing bodily harm and aggravated assault.
Vernon RCMP received multiple calls on a February afternoon of a disturbance in progress in the downtown core.
A vehicle had gone off the road and struck a 23-year-old female pedestrian.
Police alleged that Ritchie had been on-scene with the woman who was struck, went over to the vehicle, broke the driver’s side window and stabbed the 18-year-old male driver.
The injured driver and a 17-year-old male passenger fled the vehicle prior to police arrival.
The woman was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the vehicle was located by police, arrested and taken to hospital for treatment of his injuries. He was charged with assault with a weapon for striking the woman and his matter remains before the court.