New Westminster – On October 4th at approximately noon the New Westminster Police Department were dispatched to the intersection of Agnes Street and Merrivale Street after a traffic control flagger was assaulted by a group of youths. The youths sprayed the flagger with bear spray and fled the scene. Officers provided aid to the victim and searched the surrounding area for suspects. No suspects could be located and officers are now canvassing the nearby businesses and residences for CCTV footage.
“At this point in our investigation we do not believe the victims and the suspects knew each other,” stated Sergeant Justine Thom. “I hope youth know that while bear spray is legal and obtainable for its intended purposes, if used in a violent crime they can expect to face the consequences of criminal charges, such as assault with a weapon.”
The suspect is described as a 15 year old white male with a slender build, wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, and baseball cap.
If you witnessed this incident, or believe your business or residence may have CCTV footage of the suspects leaving the area, please reach out to the New Westminster Police Department at 604-525-5411.
CONTACT PERSON: Hailey Finnigan