RCMP would like to speak with witnesses after a man was badly beaten in front of a South Surrey pub earlier this month.
Officers were called to a pub on the 3100-block of King George Blvd. at 1:25 a.m. May 6 for a report of a fight, which eventually spilled onto the street, according to a news release issued by the Surrey RCMP last Thursday.
“One man was accosted by possibly four to five other males and then left behind unconscious and suffering from a serious, non-life threatening head injury,” the news release states, adding that witnesses stayed with the man until paramedics transported him to the hospital.
The victim spent at least five nights in hospital before being released.
One suspect, who police say was known to the victim, was arrested and released on a promise to appear in court.
As of Monday afternoon, no charges have been laid.
Several witnesses spoke to police at the time, and surveillance video from the area was also reviewed.
“The investigators are still reviewing all of it and they told me that they feel they’re going to make some headway here in identifying the suspects with that video, but we’re not releasing it at this point,” Cpl. Scotty Schumann told Peace Arch News Monday.
Schumann said that in criminal investigations, police may withhold surveillance video – if there’s not a public safety consideration – to reduce the potential of jeopardizing a case.
“For example, if we put it out right away, an argument can be made later in court that we’ve tainted witnesses recollections by putting the pictures out,” he said.
Police would like to speak with anyone who saw the fight, suspects or those who know the identity of the suspects.
“What you saw, no matter how insignificant you think the detail is, may help police identify the outstanding suspects,” Schumann said.
Anyone with information can contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or to stay anonymous, 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca