Akash Ram, 19, of Surrey charged in relation to West Vancouver knife slashing

CRIMINAL charges have now been laid against a 19-year-old Surrey resident, Akash Ram, in relation to a knife slashing at Ambleside Park in 2020.

The assault happened on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at approximately 6:15 p.m. in Ambleside Park, east of the concession stand.

West Vancouver Police Department officers quickly attended the area after reports of a fight involving two groups of males.

Four suspects were identified and taken into custody near the scene.

The then 17-year-old victim suffered significant facial injuries as a result of the assault that is alleged to have involved a knife.

“Detectives from our Major Investigations Team did an excellent job of gathering key evidence after this violent incident,” said Constable Kevin Goodmurphy on Monday. “The victim in this suffered life-altering injuries, and we are pleased to see that charges have been approved.”

Recently, the BC Prosecution Service approved criminal charges against Ram in relation to this incident.

He has been charged with the following:

•    Assault with a weapon
•    Possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose

His next court appearance is scheduled for June 23 at 9:30 a.m. in North Vancouver.