Police say a 71-year-old man is facing a charge of aggravated assault in connection with an altercation in White Rock Wednesday that left another senior in critical condition.
Emergency crews shut down the city’s Five Corners district following a “man down” report received just before 2:45 p.m. Feb. 19.
Police, fire and ambulance personnel responded, and an RCMP helicopter was dispatched.
Serious incident 15200 block of Pacific Ave. Pacific Ave shut down to all traffic from Fir to Johnston. @whiterockcity
— White Rock RCMP (@WhiteRockRCMP) February 20, 2020
Police say an elderly victim with “visible injuries to his upper body” was located in the lobby of a condominium complex in the 15200-block of Pacific Avenue. At the scene, officers could be seen focused on the Ocean Ridge complex and yellow police tape could be seen inside, through the building’s lobby windows.
Police have a section of White Rock five corners neighbourhood behind tape. Police not yet saying what happened but investigating serious file. Man taken to hospital with "serious inquiries"
Police helicopter above, cops looking for witnesses pic.twitter.com/zCdeiyyV5x
— Aaron Hinks (@aaron_hinks) February 19, 2020
White Rock RCMP Const. Chantal Sears said Wednesday evening that a suspect was taken into custody at a White Rock home, and that the two people involved in the altercation were known to each other. The victim was a resident of the building where he was located, she added.
No weapon was used in the incident, Sears said.
Officers interviewed witnesses and canvassed the area for CCTV.
Pacific Avenue was closed from Fir Street to Johnston Road while police investigated. It was reopened at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday.
According to a news release issued Thursday, a 71-year-old man was released from custody with “several conditions” and a future court date.