Penticton assault suspect still at large

A Canada-wide warrant remains in effect for a suspect in the beating of a 22-year-old woman in Penticton, B.C.
Police say they have been getting numerous tips about a man accused of attacking a woman in Penticton, B.C., the CBC's Tim Weekes reports 2:28

A Canada-wide warrant remains in effect for a suspect in the beating of a 22-year-old woman in Penticton, B.C.

The woman was reported missing on Saturday and was found by police the next day after she had been beaten and tied up for more than 12 hours.

The suspect, identified as David Wesley Bobbitt, 35, is being sought by police across B.C and Alberta on a charge of attempted murder.

RCMP Corporal Dan Moskaluk said no car is registered to Bobbitt, the owner of the second-hand store where the woman was attacked.

The woman's young son was with her at the time and unharmed, but Moskaluk said he witnessed the lengthy ordeal that left the woman with deep cuts to her skull.

Friends of the young mother say she was shopping for a bed at Bobbitt's store on Saturday.

Sharon O'Connor said the woman is too injured to go back to work, but trying to stay positive.

"[She's an] amazing single mom, such a beautiful person, always gives back to everyone, just so generous with everything — just amazing," O'Connor said.

Penticton resident Raven Tenney shopped in Bobbitt's store last week.

"We picked a few videos and then we walked around the store because we had never been in there before," she said. "And everywhere I went, he kept following and I started to freak out because I have a two-year-old and a five-year-old with me and I kind of felt something wasn't right."

Tenney said Bobbitt made her feel very uncomfortable.

"There was like 10 other customers in the store," she said. "But he kept following and saying stuff and he's like, 'Nice dress, I like your dress' ... And I started to get out and my kids wanted to look at  the toys but I was like, 'Get out now, now, now.'"

Bobbitt, who police say has a history of violence, is described as five-foot-seven-inches tall, medium build, and clean shaven with brown balding hair.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP at 250-492-4300 or at Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477. Anyone who sees Bobbitt is asked to call 911 immediately.

With files from The Canadian Press