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Serious charges detour man’s planned trip to B.C.

A Whitehorse man has been charged with five counts of assault after a stabbing incident Friday afternoon that sent two people to hospital.

By Christopher Reynolds on February 24, 2014 at 4:01 pm

A Whitehorse man has been charged with five counts of assault after a stabbing incident Friday afternoon that sent two people to hospital.

Kelly Clayton, 25, was arrested at a property in the McIntyre subdivision at around 4:30 p.m. just as the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Festival was kicking into full gear.

The RCMP had gotten a call “reporting multiple persons fighting at an address up in the Kwanlin Dun First Nation village,” Sgt. Tom Wyres told the Star this morning.

“We were dealing with three persons up there, two of which sustained some knife wounds,” Wyres said of the victims.

Whitehorse residents Cody Charlie and Renaldo Menzi suffered minor stab wounds.

The injured men were taken to Whitehorse General Hospital and released later Friday evening.

The confrontation took place in front of a home on O’Brien Road, police said.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor, Wyres said.

Clayton has no criminal record in the Yukon, court documents show.

“We’re still continuing to investigate and speak to further witnesses in order to round out a proper investigation,” Wyres said.

Clayton’s sister, Johanna Robinson, told the Star her brother had gone out with friends the night before the incident and been attacked.

“There was this guy who thought he was hitting on his girlfriend ... and that guy ended up hitting Kelly, and Kelly ended up on the ground, and that’s when that guy kicked him in the face,” Robinson said.

Clayton then called Robinson, who lives outside Terrace, B.C. — near where Clayton grew up — at around 4 a.m. Friday, sounding very intoxicated.

“He phoned me crying and saying that he was just tired of being picked on there,” Robinson said.

Clayton had been living in Whitehorse with his partner and her child and doing seasonal work for more than a year, she said.

“He just wanted to leave and come back home,” she said. “So we paid for his ticket.”

Robinson’s roommate, Mike Juba,  bought a one-way bus fare Friday so Clayton could return to Terrace that evening.

Instead, he wound up facing two charges of assault with a knife, two of aggravated assault and one of assault causing bodily harm before the day was through.

Robinson and Clayton grew up in Greenville, B.C., a Nisga’a village more than 100 kilometres northwest of Terrace.

“He’s a very loving person,” said Robinson, 33. “If somebody needs help, he’s right there to help. He’s always been the one that will step up first to help anybody that needs it.

“I don’t understand all of this stuff now that’s going on .... He gets along with everyone,” she said.

Juba, who is also Clayton’s friend, agreed: “He’s actually a pretty good guy. I’ve never seen him get into a fight with anyone.”

The timeline on Clayton’s Facebook profile shows portentous posts over the past several days.

The day of the incident, he posted early in the morning: “damn i’d say i always thought real friends be there till i got burnt by em all… dont break a nisgaa….”

Juba commented shortly after: “Oh just come home already we all miss you so much.”

A post by a Facebook friend two days earlier reads: “Lov & miss you Bro. Take GooooooooooooooooooD care of yourselves now.”

Immediately after the incident, “there was multi-member response, of course,” Wyres said.

A forensic identification and police dogs were on the scene — standard practice in such incidents.

Carol Chambers-Boss, a resident of the McIntyre subdivision, was driving away from her home when she saw RCMP vehicles speeding toward the site.

“There were three or four cop cars heading up here blowing their horn,” she said.

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Feb 24, 2014 at 8:20 pm

So his friend says he sounded intoxicated at 4 am on Friday and he was arrested for the altercation at 4:30pm Friday?  Hmmmmmm.

Ken Putnam

Feb 25, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Flying fur, what’s your point?  Let’s hear it.


Feb 26, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Point was to borrow the wording from the RCMP “alcohol is believed to be a factor”.  Unfortunately good judgement goes out the window under those circumstances.  Glad nobody was seriously hurt…could have been a lot worse.

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