Two men stabbed Sunday morning

Police believe a case of mistaken identity has landed the two young men in Cranbrook's hospital with serious injuries

Two young Cranbrook men were stabbed on Saturday night in what RCMP believe is a case of mistaken identity.

According to an RCMP statement, the two men in the 20s were walking in the area of 17th Avenue North and 8th Street North in Cranbrook just before 4 a.m. on Sunday, June 16.

As they were walking, the pair was approached by an unknown man who accused them of trying to steal something.

The suspect became more and more belligerent and attacked both men.

It was only after the suspect left that the two men realized they were bleeding and had been stabbed by a sharp-edged weapon.

They were taken to East Kootenay Regional Hospital suffering serious but not life-threatening injuries. Both have undergone surgery and remain in hospital.

According to RCMP, the attack was completely unprovoked and they believe it is a case of mistaken identity in retaliation for an earlier incident.

Cranbrook RCMP is seeking the assistance of anyone who may have observed or heard anything suspicious in the early hours of Sunday morning in the area of Kootenay Street North through to Victoria Avenue between the 400 and 1000 blocks.

If anyone has any additional information about this or any other crime they can call the Cranbrook RCMP at 250-489-3471 or East Kootenay Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.