Violent offender back in custody

A 31-year-old Kelowna man is facing multiple criminal charges after allegedly breaching his court ordered conditions of release

  • Aug. 23, 2015 8:00 p.m.

A 31-year-old Kelowna man is facing multiple criminal charges after allegedly breaching his court ordered conditions of release.

On July 21, Lake Country RCMP received a report of a suspicious occurrence where a 13-year- old Lake Country girl was thrown a note containing a phone number from the suspect male driver of a small black car which had passed her several times along Lodge Road.

Six days later, Lake Country RCMP received a report of another suspicious occurrence, which had occurred on July 17 where a 16-year-old Lake Country girl was also thrown a note from a suspect male driver of a similar vehicle which had passed her a couple of times along Bottom Wood Lake Road.

Police quickly linked the two investigations and identified the suspect as being a violent offender known to police and subject to multiple court imposed conditions of release, including but limited to:

n not to have contact or communication with any female who appears to be the age of sixteen (16) or less;

n not to attend any public park, school ground or playground where persons under the age of 16 are present or can reasonably be expected to be present.

The Kelowna RCMP Street Enforcement Team quickly became involved and began covert surveillance of the suspect, a 31-year-old Kelowna man.

On Aug. 5, and as a result of the on-going surveillance being conducted, the Kelowna RCMP Street Enforcement Team intercepted additional notes being thrown from the suspect’s vehicle at girls who appeared under the age of 16 in the area of Abbott Street and Wardlaw Street in Kelowna.

A police officer posed as a 15 year-old-female, and initiated contact with the suspect via text messaging.

The suspect arranged to meet the officer in person at a local park where he was taken into police custody without incident.

“Through hard work and dedication to public safety,” said Const. Jesse O’Donaghey, “the Kelowna RCMP Street Enforcement Team has again taken a violent offender, who was obviously a high risk to re-offend, off our streets.”

James Jonathan Bryshun faces multiple criminal charges of failing to comply with a probation order and failing to comply with a recognizance.

He remains in custody and is expected to re-appear in court Monday.

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact Cst. Bentham of the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.