Death of 33-year-old Port Alberni man results in charges being upgraded

Port Alberni

2023-09-06 15:04 PDT

File # 2023-8319

On August 7, 2023 the Port Alberni RCMP received reports of a man who had been attacked with a weapon in the 3600 block of 4 Ave.

When police arrived, they located the 33-year-old victim with significant injuries, and learnt the assailant had fled the area. The victim was transferred to BC Ambulance Service, and later to a higher level of care.

The Port Alberni RCMP detachment with RCMP crest in the top right corner

The Port Alberni RCMP is dedicated to ensuring these crimes are investigated to the fullest extent, and ensuring the safety of the public, stated Constable Richard Johns. No resource was left idle, as our Major Crimes Unit has taken conduct of the investigation with the assistance of all available local supports.

After a complete and thorough investigation, on August 18, 2023 44-year-old Jonathan Womacks was charged with Aggravated Assault, unfortunately three days later the victim died due to their injuries.

On September 1, 2023 The BC Prosecution Service upgraded the charge to Second Degree Murder against Mr. Womacks, who remains in custody for a later court date.

Released by:

Cst. Richard Johns
Media Relations Officer
Port Alberni RCMP
4444 Morton Street, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 4M8
Office: 250-723-2424


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