A man was transported to hospital after being assaulted inside the Okanagan Sikh Temple in Rutland early Monday morning.

Police answered a 911 emergency just before 9 a.m.

An unknown man, who was later identified by police, entered the temple property and began to act aggressively towards others.

A witness told police the suspect’s aggressive behaviour escalated and shifted to him, after he confronted the suspect who allegedly grabbed a hold of a woman's arm.

The suspect then went inside the temple where he allegedly proceeded to assault another male, before that male and the witness managed to wrestle the suspect to the ground.

“Both men should be recognized for their bravery and determination in

subduing the suspect, despite being injured during the physical altercation,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey of the Kelowna RCMP.

“These men more than likely prevented further similar attacks against other innocent bystanders.”

A 29-year-old Kelowna man remains in police custody and faces a number of potential criminal charges.

At this time, investigators do not believe that the man’s actions were religiously motivated.

“Although we don’t believe the unidentified woman sustained any injuries, our investigators would like to hear from her about her encounter, as we continue to investigate,” said O'Donaghey.

The hospitalized man’s injuries are believed to be non-life threatening, police said.

Witnesses or anyone who had a similar encounter in the immediate area and have not yet spoken to police are asked to call RCMP at 250-762-3300.

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