Ponoka RCMP lay charges following aggravated assault

The RCMP have arrested and laid charges against a man following an aggravated assault on Aug. 13.

At 7:47 p.m., Ponoka RCMP responded to a 911 call that an assault had just occurred downtown in Ponoka. RCMP members located the victim at a residence and launched an investigation.

The victim was suffering serious, but not life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

Witness statements were taken and a search warrant conducted at a residence revealed the suspect weapon and other evidence of the offence.

Taylor Hart of Ponoka, 22, is charged with four criminal offences including aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

Hart was subject to a judicial interim release hearing. He was remanded for a first court appearance on Aug. 16, and remains remanded. His next court date is August 23, 2019

The victim was a 29-year-old man from Ponoka. The two subjects were known to each other and preliminary investigation indicates that this was not a random attack.

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