Male in custody after violent assault of Abbotsford local senior

A 19-year-old man remains in custody facing charges of assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm after a violent attack on an 85-year-old senior. 

At approximately 10 a.m. on Sunday morning, Abbotsford Police Patrol Officers responded to the area of 33555 South Fraser Way for a report of a young male who was seen hitting and robbing an elderly man.  Bystanders who observed this incident followed the suspect who fled the area. 

The suspect ran into traffic on South Fraser Way where he was struck by a passing vehicle.  He subsequently fled the scene of the collision.  Witnesses observed the male run into a townhouse complex, over a fence and into the ravine north of Trinity Street in downtown Abbotsford.

Police arrived and followed the suspect into the ravine where he was apprehended as he hid in the bushes.  

The victim sustained serious injuries, including broken teeth and lacerations to his face.

The suspect has been identified as Chilliwack resident Brandon William Janveaux.  Janveaux’s next court appearance is on Wednesday.