Police briefs: Arrest in assault at Maple Ridge Tim Horton’s

Firefighters and paramedics attend a crash on Abernethy Way on Wednesday. - Phil Melnychuk/THE NEWS
Firefighters and paramedics attend a crash on Abernethy Way on Wednesday.
— image credit: Phil Melnychuk/THE NEWS

Ridge Meadows RCMP have arrested a 43-year-old man and are recommending he be charged with assault.

The arrest stems from an alleged assault in the Tim Horton’s restaurant at 11811 – 224 Street around 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21.

The manager reported being punched by a customer after informing the man he was not going to be served due to past unacceptable behaviours towards other staff members.

The investigation included a surveillance video that depicted the incident, and resulted in the suspect being identified by a Ridge Meadows RCMP officer.

The suspect does not frequent the town centre regularly, but according to police does reside locally.

“Police place a high priority on reports of any violent act,”said Cpl. Alanna Dunlop.

“The fact the incident occurred in the victim’s work place made this incident even more unacceptable.  Investigators worked continuously collecting evidence, and concerted efforts were made to identify the suspect. Even though the suspect had visited the restaurant in the past, employees did not know the man’s identity.”

Investigators are now preparing a report and will be forwarding that to Crown Counsel, recommending assault charges.

Pending his court appearance, the suspect was released on conditions.


Two injured

Two people were taken to hospital after a crash on Abernethy Way in Maple Ridge on Wednesday.

According to RCMP, one was taken by Air Ambulance, the other by ground ambulance, but neither sustained life-threatening injuries.

Both vehicles in the crash, a car and an SUV, were badly damaged. The cause of the crash is still being investigated.

Traffic was blocked both ways along Abernethy.

Around the same time, a car crashed into a ditch along Dewdney Trunk Road near 287th Street.

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