Abbotsford senior hit on head with bottle in racist attack

Abbotsford senior hit on head with bottle in racist attack

Assault violent and cowardly, say police

BY CAM TUCKER, ABBOTSFORD TIMES APRIL 27, 2011

Police on are the lookout for a Caucasian male in his mid-20's believed to behind a racial assault in Abbotsford on Tuesday night.

A 63-year-old Abbotsford man was lucky to escape with only minor injuries following what police believe was a racist assault Tuesday evening.

The victim was part of a group of four Indo-Canadian men who were sitting on benches in the area of Old Yale Road and Mitchell Street around 5:45 p.m.

A lone man approached them and began making ethnic slurs.

The attacker then brandished liquor bottle and struck one of the men in the face, causing him to fall to the ground.

The victim received bruises to his face, but was not hospitalized, said APD spokesman Const. Ian MacDonald.

The suspect, described as a Caucasian male in his mid-20's, clean-shaven with short dark hair and a thin build, fled the scene on foot, westbound in the direction of DeHavilland Drive.

"He basically did the cowardly thing; whacked the guy with the bottle and then ran away," said MacDonald.

The APD's major crime unit and patrol division are investigating the incident. A canvas of residents who live in the area has already provided clues into who the suspect might be.

"We believe the suspect lives in the area," MacDonald said.

"When we started talking to area residents, several people reported that there seemed to be an angry mid-20's white male who had previously been going up to groups of South Asians and Indo-Canadians and telling them to go back to India and been screaming obscenities to groups of people.

"[It's] not a stretch that we think this is that guy."

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Abbotsford Police at 604-859-5225 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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