Two men with guns strode into a Red Mountain Road home in Silverton on Sunday, November 25 around 11:30 in the morning. According to a police report, the two residents fought with the two men, which resulted in one of the resident’s being stabbed as well as one of the interlopers.
The suspects then fled and the residents called the police, giving them a description of the get away vehicle.
Around 2:30 p.m., Midway and South Okanagan RCMP stopped the suspect vehicle near McBride and four males were taken into custody. When their vehicle was searched, a handgun and a pellet gun were found.
“I don’t have an update yet,” said Staff Sergeant Dan Seibel of the Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment on Monday morning, who said that the officers on the case worked late into the night. The status of the stabbing victims was unknown as well.
When asked if the residence was a grow op, Seibel said it was a possibility, but it remains to be seen in the ongoing investigation.
UPDATED Tuesday, November 27
Police now believe the attack was targeted, with a grow op being involved. The victims, two adult men who received only minor injuries in the attack, have confirmed that they knew one of the suspects.
One of the two men who entered the Silverton home was stabbed in the attack and was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries. Both are in custody and will appear in court in Nakusp, B.C. on Thursday, November 29. Their names will not be released until charges against them are approved.
The other two men have been released with no charges pending; all four men stopped near McBride range in age from 22 and 62, and are from the Lower Mainland.
UPDATED Thursday, November 29
The two suspects in the Silverton armed robbery appeared in court in Nakusp, B.C. on the morning of Nov. 29, 2012.
Fitsroy Allen, also known as Isaiah Graham, a 51-year-old man from the U.S. Virgin Islands and Akeem Charles, 22, heard the news that their bail hearing would be held in Nelson on Dec. 4.
Both are considered “candidates for being deported,” according to RCMP, as they are not Canadian citizens. Where they would be deported to is still being sorted out, said RCMP Staff Sergeant Dan Seibel.
“They were not forthcoming with information,” said Seibel, who said it is likely that both men have been using aliases.