North Shore fires: suspect in custody

Kamloops City

2023-05-02 09:08 PDT

File # 2023-14853

A Kamloops man is scheduled to appear in court today, after he was arrested this weekend and charged with arson.

On April 30, 2023, around 6:45 p.m., Kamloops RCMP frontline officers were called to the 1000-block of Lethbridge Avenue, where Kamloops Fire and Rescue had responded to two fires in an alleyway: one between Lethbridge Avenue and Sherbrook; the other between 10th and 11th streets. Residents in the area sprayed the fires with garden hoses while KFR was en route. A fence and garbage container were damaged.

Officers attended and as part of the investigation, a suspect was identified and arrested nearby on Selkirk Avenue, said Corporal Crystal Evelyn, Kamloops RCMP spokesperson. He was held in custody for a bail hearing Monday evening, and remanded until his next court appearance, scheduled for today.

Owen Lee Coty, 26, of Kamloops, is charged with two counts of arson.

Anyone who witnessed, has video, or information related to this investigation and has not yet shared it with police, is asked to please contact the Kamloops RCMP Detachment at 250-828-3000 and reference file 2023-14853.

Released by:

Cpl. Crystal Evelyn
Media Relations Officer
Kamloops RCMP
560 Battle Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 6N4
Office: 250-828-3193
Fax: 250-828-3034


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