New Westminster – On April 27, 2022 the New Westminster Police Department responded to the 800 block of 6th Street for a report of a student who had been assaulted with a blunt force weapon out front of New Westminster Secondary School.
Patrol members located a 16 year old victim receiving medical treated by school staff. The youth was transported to a local area hospital for treatment of his injuries which included a significant laceration to his head, and suspected concussion and broken arm.
Investigators have now arrested an 18 year old male suspect and are working with the victim and witnesses to determine what lead to the assault. Investigators are also seeking additional witnesses, CCTV and dash camera footage from anyone who was in the area of NWSS between the hours of 12:00pm and 2:00pm on April 27th. At this time, it is believed that the assault was not random and the victim and suspect are known to each other.
Also believed related to this incident; approximately 30 minutes prior members of the NWPD Gang Suppression Unit located two groups of males in the 700 block of 6th street who appeared to be preparing to have a physical altercation. GSU members intervened and during the process seized a baton and a replica handgun.
“This is a very disturbing incident,” stated Sergeant Sanjay Kumar “schools are supposed to be places where students feel safe. Our investigators will do everything they can to ensure this matter is thoroughly investigated and those responsible are held accountable”.
Anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or who may have CCTV or dash camera footage, is asked to call the New Westminster Police Department at (604) 525-5411.
CONTACT PERSON: Sergeant Sanjay Kumar