Assault leaves man in critical condition in Downtown Eastside

VANCOUVER Police are investigating after a 51-year-old man was found in serious medical distress in front of the Astoria Hotel in the Downtown Eastside on Tuesday night.

Police and BC Ambulance were called on February 6 at around 11:30 p.m. to East Hastings Street near Hawks Avenue by a passerby who discovered an unconscious man. He was rushed to hospital where he is in critical condition.

Based on the information collected so far, it appears the victim had been in physical altercation and may have hit his head as result. The suspect, a 42-year-old Vancouver man, was arrested at the scene and has been released pending further investigation.

Detectives from Vancouver Police’s Major Crime Section are searching for additional witnesses and video. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 604-717-2541 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.