ON Wednesday the New Westminster Police Department responded to the 800-block of 6th Street for a report of a student who had been assaulted with a blunt force weapon in front of New Westminster Secondary School.
Patrol members located a 16-year-old victim receiving medical treatment by school staff. The youth was transported to a local area hospital for treatment of his injuries which included a significant laceration to his head, and suspected concussion and a broken arm.
Investigators have now arrested an 18-year-old male suspect and are working with the victim and witnesses to determine what lead to the assault. Investigators are also seeking additional witnesses, CCTV and dash camera footage from anyone who was in the area of New Westminster Secondary School between12 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27. At this time, it is believed that the assault was not random and the victim and suspect are known to each other.
Approximately 30 minutes prior to the assault, members of the NWPD Gang Suppression Unit located two groups of males in the 700-block of 6th Street who appeared to be preparing for a physical altercation. GSU members intervened and during the process seized a baton and a replica handgun. Police believe this is related to the assault.
“This is a very disturbing incident,” said Sgt. Sanjay Kumar. “Schools are supposed to be places where students feel safe. Our investigators will do everything they can to ensure this matter is thoroughly investigated and those responsible are held accountable”.
Anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or who may have CCTV or dash camera footage, is asked to call the New Westminster Police Department at (604) 525-5411.