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Vancouver man arrested, charged months after machete stranger attack

The attack happened June 19 in front of a Downtown Eastside hotel.
Screen Grab of Machete Suspect
Vancouver police have arrested the suspect in a stranger machete attack that happened on June 19, 2022.

The suspect in a stranger attack involving a machete has been arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault following a Vancouver police investigation. 

The attack happened June 19 in front of the Empress Hotel in the Downtown Eastside when two people were reportedly attacked by a stranger while loading luggage into a taxi. Both of the victims suffered significant injuries that 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. 

Evidence including security footage of a man fleeing the area after the time of the attack, as well as tips from the public, helped detectives identify the suspect as 37-year-old Kenneth Stephen Solowan. 

Solowan was arrested on August 10 near Chinatown and is currently in custody. He will appear in court on August 17.

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