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Man charged in June 19 machete attack at Vancouver’s Empress Hotel

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WATCH: 37-year-old Kenneth Stephen Solowan was charged with two counts of aggravated assault for a machete attack in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside – Aug 12, 2022

Police investigators have now arrested and charged a man they believe is responsible for an attack that took place in front of Vancouver’s Empress Hotel on Father’s Day.

On June 19, 2022, police said a man slashed two people with a machete on Main and East Hastings streets while they were loading luggage into a taxi around 7 p.m.

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Vancouver Police Department announced on Friday, Aug. 12, that 37-year-old Kenneth Stephen Solowan has been arrested and charged in connection to the attack.

Solowan has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault and remains in custody.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 17.

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The two victims of the alleged attack, a 49-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman, sustained head and neck wounds and were transported to hospital.

The victims told police they did not know the attacker, a heavy-set man in his forties who was wearing a grey t-shirt, a blue raincoat, and carrying an umbrella.

He was last seen running south from the crime scene. Detectives were able to gather significant evidence, including security video of the man fleeing the area after the attack.

After releasing that video to the public and asking for tips, a suspect was identified, according to police.

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