The man accused of a carjacking at gunpoint on Eastside Road in September 2019 will be going to trial next month.
Jesse William Shawcross, 38, will begin his trial in Penticton Provincial Court on May 26.
Officers responded to a car-jacking incident on Eastside Road on Sept. 19 at 3 p.m. after a driver was flagged down by a man standing by a motorcycle on East Side Road.
The driver pulled over to assist, at which time the man reportedly pointed a firearm at the driver. The driver was told to exit the vehicle, which they did. The suspect then drove north on East Side Road toward Penticton.
The victim was unharmed and called 911.
Police found the vehicle the following day on Eckhardt Avenue West and Comox Street.
However, Shawcross wasn’t formally charged with crimes until a couple of months later.
Shawcross’s criminal record dates back to 2003 where he was found guilty in a Kelowna court for theft of $5,000 or under. Since then, he’s appeared in courtrooms across the Okanagan facing charges spanning from assault to possession of a controlled substance to break and enter of a dwelling.
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