Assault and robbery attempt on elderly South Asian in Newton park prompts reminder


SURREY RCMP is requesting public assistance in locating a suspect involved in an assault and robbery attempt on an elderly South Asian victim that occurred last Thursday in Newton Athletic Park.

On Thursday, March 13 at about 1 p.m., Surrey RCMP responded to an assault in the 7300 block of 128th Street. Upon attendance to the west side of Newton Athletic Park, police located a 72-year-old male victim suffering from injuries to his face and hands. He was subsequently taken to local area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

In speaking with witnesses, police believe the suspect was a male with a dark complexion, in his early 20’s, approximately 5’8”, with a slim build, wearing a dark hoodie, red jacket, and dark sweat pants. He fled the area southbound along the park trails. Despite extensive patrols, the suspect was not identified.

Cpl. Bert Paquet told The VOICE that witnesses were unable to state positively whether the suspect was South Asian or black.

Investigators do not believe this is related to any other incidents, however, there is some indication that the victim’s jewellery (rings) may have been targeted. As a result, police are reminding citizens about being vigilant when it comes to their personal possessions and being aware of their environment. For more information, visit the “Protect Yourself” section of our website.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or if you wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.