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VPD tries to find witness to Downtown Eastside assault

Last Updated Oct 25, 2017 at 2:13 pm PST

(Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Biker claims to have witnessed assault, but hasn't spoken to investigators

Victim is in critical condition

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Police in Vancouver are making an appeal for a motorcyclist to come forward after, they think, he witnessed an assault on the city’s Downtown Eastside.

The VPD says just before 8 a.m. on October 24th, the biker pulled up beside another driver near Main and Keefer Streets and yelled at him to call 911 because he had just seen someone being beaten with a baseball bat.

The motorcyclist rode off and did not leave his contact information.

Investigators say they searched the area but were not able to find a victim, any other potential witnesses, or an actual crime scene. However, hours later, they say an injured 25-year-old man showed up at the hospital where he’s still in critical condition.

“At this stage of our investigation, we are not even sure if the man in the hospital is related to the incident the motorcyclist witnessed,” explains Constable Jason Doucette. “Our detectives would like to speak with the man on the motorcycle to help determine what may have led to 25-year-old’s injuries.”

Anyone with information about this assault is asked to call police at 604.717.2541 or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477.