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Tyler Newton charged with 2nd degree murder in Kelowna bus stabbing

11/02/2014 04:41 EST | Updated 01/02/2015 05:59 EST
Tyler Jack Newton, 24, has been named in court documents as the man charged with the second degree murder of a Kelowna bus passenger Thursday night.

Newton was arrested Friday and charged after a man was fatally stabbed in the neck in an apparently random attack as Newton was leaving the busy bus.

"As the male suspect left the bus, he made a shoving motion towards the victim, who was also a passenger," said Kelowna RCMP in a statement. "The victim was found immediately after suffering from a serious injury which resulted in his death," 

The 24-year-old is due to appear in court on Monday. He has been convicted of drug trafficking and breach of probation. In the past he has been charged with other theft and drug-related offences, but it's unclear from court records whether he was convicted.

Arrest made within 24 hours

Police announced his arrest around 7 p.m. PT Friday within 24 hours of the fatal stabbing after telling a news conference earlier in the day they knew who they were looking for and expected to arrest him shortly.

The fatal attack occurred around 6:30 p.m. PT Thursday when the bus with about 20 people aboard stopped at a bus stop on Baron Road behind the Dilworth shopping centre.

Witnesses told police one man in his 20s stabbed another in his 50s in the neck.

Others on the bus tried to save the victim by compressing the wound with clothing, but were unable to stop the bleeding.

Contrary to initial reports, RCMP say the man died at the scene and not in hospital.

Police said their preliminary investigation suggested a random incident.

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