David Wesley Bobbitt is now facing eight criminal charges in connection with the beating and sexual assault of a young Penticton, B.C., mother.
The 22-year-old woman and her toddler son were held for more than 12 hours at Bobbitt's second-hand store, where she had gone to shop for a mattress July 30, police said.
The provincial Crown said Thursday it has charged Bobbitt with attempted murder, unlawful confinement, aggravated sexual assault, assault with a weapon, robbery, and threatening the woman and her son with death or bodily harm.
The woman's 22-month-old son was not physically harmed. The woman sustained multiple injuries but has been released from hospital.
After the woman's brother found her and the boy in Bobbitt's store, a Canada-wide warrant was issued for Bobbitt, who was arrested Aug. 3 near the town of Oliver, about 35 kilometres south of Penticton.
He was remanded in custody at a court hearing Aug. 4 and ordered to undergo a psychiatric examination.
Police said Thursday they are looking to speak with anyone who may have had contact with Bobbitt July 31 or later — especially a woman who they believe picked Bobbitt up near the Penticton airport, and dropped him off near Kaleden.
Fundraisers put on by friends and family in Penticton have raised about $30,000 for the victim.