Iqaluit snowmobile attack suspect faces attempted murder charge

Man, 28, in critical condition at Ottawa hospital intensive care unit

A young Iqaluit man, Jordan Kovic, 19, now faces a charge of attempted murder after two men were attacked near the homeless men’s shelter by a man driving a snowmobile. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

(Updated 4:45 p.m., Dec. 31)

A young Iqaluit man now faces a charge of attempted murder following an incident on Dec. 27 in which he is alleged to have run a snowmobile over two men with whom he appears to have had a dispute, the Nunavut RCMP said in a news release issued on Dec. 31.

Jordan Kovic, 19, is charged with six criminal offences:

• One count of attempted murder.

• One count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm.

• One count of assault with a weapon, namely a snowmobile.

• One count of uttering threats to cause death.

• Two counts of breaching a court order to keep the peace and be of good behaviour.

Meanwhile, a 28-year-old man, who Kovic is alleged to have knocked unconscious, assaulted repeatedly and run over with a snowmobile, lies clinging to life in an Ottawa hospital.

“The 28-year-old victim remains in intensive care in critical condition in Ottawa Hospital with family at his side,” police said.

A second victim, a 29-year-old man, had also been assaulted and run over that evening, but managed to run to the safety of the men’s shelter at building 778, police said in their release.

The RCMP have not named either of the two victims.

It appears as if the RCMP were able to find video evidence and witnesses to the Dec. 27 incident.

“Iqaluit RCMP would like to thank all those who have come forward and provided information and video evidence for this investigation,” their release said

Kovic was to have appeared at a show cause hearing at the Nunavut Court of Justice on Dec. 31 to determine if he should be released or held in custody.

That bail hearing was held after Nunatsiaq News had shut down for the New Year’s holiday.

In their news release, the RCMP allege the two men had been at the Chart Room lounge that evening and met up with Kovic outside.

“An argument between Kovic and the 29-year-old male took place with words being exchanged before Kovic returned to the lounge,” police said.

A short time later, Kovic left the lounge and saw the 29-year-old running away from the area, police allege.

“Believing his snowmobile had been tampered with, Kovic got his sled running and commenced pursuit,” the news release said.

That’s when Kovic is alleged to have assaulted both men and run them over.

None of the allegations against Kovic have been proven in court.

Residents may contact police at 867-979-1111 or by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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