Accused son remanded in custody until Sept. 19

The man accused of murdering his father inside the family's Westmount home has been remanded in custody pending a court appearance next week.

Joshua Isaac Steel, 19, will appear in a Kamloops courtroom via video link on Monday in order to set a date for an appearance in B.C. Supreme Court.

Sixty-three-year-old Phil Steel was found inside 314 Collingwood Ave. when emergency crews answered a 911 call on Monday at 4:30 p.m. He died soon after.

Kamloops RCMP's Serious Crime Unit is investigating. Police have not said how the victim was killed or described the nature of his injuries.

The 911 call was made from the house. Police say the dispatcher didn't speak to the caller, but indicated someone on the other end of the line was in distress.

A neighbour watched as Joshua Steel fled the home with a police officer in pursuit. Kim Kasper said her son, Ethan Rosentreter, was resting on his front steps after school when the constable tackled Steel to the ground in the Rosentreters' yard.

"One police officer was chasing him and took him down in front of the tree here on the grass," said Kasper.

Westmount residents told The Daily News that Joshua Steel was arrested the Saturday morning before the murder after smashing vehicle windows and throwing rocks at houses.

Cpl. Cheryl Bush was unaware of police being called to the Steel home, saying Joshua Steel has no criminal record.

But neighbour Justin Hand said he watched the younger Steel leave his house and break a couple of car windows on Driftwood. He continued along the cul de sac before cutting through a path back to Collingwood, where he threw rocks at houses.

"He ended up down on the corner there busting out windows on cars and that's when the cops showed up and got him," said Hand.

This is the second murder case in the city this year. In March, Archie LePretre, 22, of Vancouver, and his Kamloops cousin were attacked by three men carrying bats and knives on the basketball court at Stuart Wood elementary. LePretre was killed in what police believe was a gang hit.

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