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Accused in machete attack outside Empress Hotel awaits bail hearing

Two people were attacked on June 19 as they loaded luggage into a taxi outside the Empress Hotel in the Downtown Eastside.
A man charged in a machete attack on two people made his first Vancouver Provincial Court appearance Aug. 17.

The man charged with attacking a stranger with a machete outside a Vancouver hotel will have to wait for a week before he knows whether he gets bail or not.

Kenneth Stephen Solowan, 37, was arrested on Aug. 10 near Chinatown and made his first court appearance Aug. 17.

He is facing two charges of aggravated assault.

Solowan remains in custody at North Fraser Pretrial Centre.

The attack happened June 19 in front of the Empress Hotel in the Downtown Eastside when two people loading luggage into a taxi were attacked by a stranger.

Both of the victims suffered significant injuries and required hospitalization. 

A Vancouver Police Department (VPD) patrol officer was flagged down but the suspect fled immediately after the attack and police investigators could only get a limited description. 

Police said evidence, including security footage of a man fleeing the area, as well as tips from the public, helped detectives identify Solowan as a suspect.

Defence lawyer Alyson Dorin told Vancouver provincial court Judge David St. Pierre lawyers are awaiting case documentation before proceeding to a bail hearing.

Solowan was not in court due to video appearance problems at the pretrial centre.