Whitehorse RCMP arrested one man related to charges of attempted murder, two counts of failure to comply with condition of a release order, and breach of order prohibiting owning an animal to wit: a dog. Christopher Bolton, age 35, was arrested on January 6, 2022. He had a first appearance and was released by the courts on January 7, 2022.
On December 8, 2021, at around 2:00am, police responded to a call for service at an address in the Riverdale neighbourhood of Whitehorse, YT. The frontline officers who attended found a person with injuries, some believed to have been caused by a weapon. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment. The suspect, identified as Christopher Bolton, was gone on arrival.
The Whitehorse RCMP General Investigation Section took over the investigation with assistance from frontline officers. Yukon RCMP Forensic Identification Services and Yukon RCMP Emergency Response Team also participated in the investigation.
Police made repeated attempts to locate Christopher Bolton, including neighbourhood inquiries and executing search warrants at places he was known to have stayed and other places related to the investigation. An arrest warrant for Mr. Bolton was issued by the courts on December 15, 2021.
On January 6, 2022, Christopher Bolton was taken into custody without incident. He had a first court appearance on January 7, 2022, and was released by the courts.
Police believe that the charge for attempted murder stems from an isolated incident, that all individuals were known to each other, and that the community was not at risk while Mr. Bolton was at large. The victim is in stable condition; no further information about the victim will be released in order to protect their privacy.
When police located Mr. Bolton's dog, it was surrendered to the appropriate agency for care due to the conditions already in place from the courts.