Mexican national arrested after stabbing in Summerland

A Mexican citizen currently in Canada on a work visa was arrested by Summerland RCMP after a stabbing.

A Mexican citizen, currently in Canada on a work visa, was arrested by Summerland RCMP after a stabbing.

“Alcohol was involved,” said Sgt. Mona Kauffeld with the Summerland RCMP. “One man, due to the affects of the alcohol, was behaving erratically.”

Summerland RCMP said at approximately 11:40 p.m. on Sunday they received a report of a stabbing at a residence on Giants Head Road.

RCMP said they attended the scene and located a male lying on the floor of the residence with a non-life-threatening stab wound to his upper back. Kauffeld said the man was transported to Penticton hospital for medical assistance and later was released.

RCMP said the suspect fled the scene prior to their arrival. Numerous officers, including the police dog services, conductive an extensive search of the area but could not locate the man, who is a seasonal worker.

Kauffeld said the weapon used in the alleged stabbing was also not recovered but she believed it was a steak knife.

The following day, after receiving a tip, RCMP located and arrested 28-year-old Martin Ismael Arellano-Zatarain without incident.

The suspect was held in custody for a court appearance on Tuesday. Arellano-Zatarain was charged with assault with a weapon causing harm and subsequently released.