Baseball bat used to settle score, suspect found by police
Sunday evening, Langley RCMP were called to the 5400 block of 208 Street about a complaint of males fighting with baseball bats.
Officers attended quickly at around 9 p.m. and located the victim, a 17-year-old Surrey youth, who was bleeding from the head.
British Columbia Ambulance Service was called to assist the young man who was conscious and breathing.
A friend of the victim advised police they had been walking along and two males, not known to them, had approached them from behind and struck the victim with a baseball bat multiple times. The suspects then fled on foot.
Lower Mainland District Police Dog Services was requested and attended within minutes.
As the investigation continued, a track was established and several witnesses to the event were interviewed and provided descriptions of the assailants. Police were able to ascertain a possible residence nearby for one of the suspects. The police dog track led to this same residence in the 5300 block of 207 Street.
Officers entered the residence and found the suspect hiding in the attic. He was arrested just prior to 9:30 p.m. A baseball bat, believed to be the weapon used in the attack, has been seized by police as evidence. Subsequent investigation indicates there is a second male involved in the attack and police will be requesting a warrant for his arrest.
Police believe the attack was retribution for a fight that took place the night prior between the suspects and friends of the victim. Police were called to investigate this offence as well however the victim in this instance did not want police involvement.
The suspect was released on a Promise to Appear to ensure court attendance. The investigation is ongoing and police will be requesting a warrant for the second suspect.