Police are looking for two thugs who pistol whipped a man and tried to rob him in Whalley.
At about 7 p.m., Surrey RCMP were called to a report of gunshots heard. When they arrived, they found a man on the ground, “in what can only be described as a pistol-whipping,” RCMP Cpl. Drew Grainger said Friday.
The 52-year-old man was just closing his food business near 98 Avenue and 138 Street, when two masked attackers approached him demanding money. The man didn’t have money to give them.
“This led them to begin to beat him with what is believed to be a handgun, striking him several times in the head,” Grainger said. “After that vicious assault, these cowards, ran away, last seen northbound on 138 Street in the 9800 block.”
The victim was taken to hospital where he was treated for his injuries, and is expected to make a full recovery.
No much is known about the masked attackers, except that the masks are believed to be black and white checkered bandanas.
Police don’t believe this is a targeted attack, but a crime of opportunity, which is a concern around the Christmas Season.
“Crimes of opportunity are certainly on the spike this time of year because people are
typically traveling with money in their pocket or they’re buying presents for their loved ones,” Grainger said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.