Man in hospital after assault in Maple Ridge

Injuries are not considered life-threatening.

  • Apr. 18, 2016 3:00 p.m.

Karim Farahbakhchian arrived at the townhome complex off Cottonwood Drive on Friday to find a man lying on the lawn, covered in blood.

His brother-in-law, Troy Miller, was applying pressure to stop the bleeding.

Farahbakhchian did the same until paramedics and police arrived, at about 9:50 p.m., he said.

The man, who appeared to he his 30s, had walked up to the townhouse complex, calling for help, said Farahbakhchian.

The man had a deep cut from the corner of his mouth to his jaw, as well as cuts to the back of his head, shoulder, ribs and hands.

The man was trying to talk, Farahbakhchian said, but starting to fade in and out.

“He lost a fair amount of blood.”

The two men helped load the man into the ambulance.

RCMP said the man is from Abbotsford. He remains in hospital, but his injuries are not considered life-threatening. They appear to be from an edged weapon, such as a knife, police said, but they can’t confirm the type of weapon.

The initial indication was the man was assaulted by two unknown men with a weapon, not a firearm, said Cpl. Brenda Winpenny.

“No arrests have been made, while the victim remains in hospital recovering.”

The incident remains under investigation.

Farahbakhchian, a volunteer firefighter, was alerted about the injured man by his sister-in-law and, living a short distance away, responded, as a private citizen, to help.

He commends his brother-in-law for being the first to respond.

“He was the only one who went out of his way to help him,” not knowing who had caused the injuries or if they were still around.

Farahbakhchian said the same thoughts crossed his mind, but he just tried to keep the man calm.

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