Playground robbery leaves youth with potentially life-altering injuries

Playground robbery leaves youth with potentially life-altering injuries

Victoria youth seriously injured in incident where his longboard was stolen

Victoria police are asking the public for help in providing information regarding a robbery that happened at the Quadra Heights Playground just before 9 p.m. last night that left a teen with potentially life-altering injuries.

Officers were called to the 3100-block of Adler street where they discovered the victim. The male youth reported that he and a friend were at the playground when two other males, unknown to them, approached them and took their longboards. When the victim approached the two males, he was assaulted with a weapon.

The assault left the teen with non-life-threatening but potentially life-altering injuries. He remains in hospital,

The two suspects left the scene with the stolen longboards. They are described as Aboriginal, approximately 15 and 16 years old, short (around 5’3”) and of average build. One of the suspects was wearing a red hat at the time of the incident.

One of the longboards stolen is distinctive. It is a brand new, full-sized board with dark grey grip tape on top with a circular black and white sticker in the middle. The underside is described as having a dark blue, white, grey and aquamarine pattern with a smaller black circular sticker.

One of the longboards stolen is distinctive. It is a brand new, full-sized board with dark grey grip tape on top with a circular black and white sticker in the middle. The underside is described as having a dark blue, white, grey and aquamarine pattern with a smaller black circular sticker. (FILE CONTRIBUTED)

Additionally, witnesses report that a man offered assistance to the victim as he lay on the ground. The man did not remain on scene to speak with investigators, and officers want to speak with him.

The file remains under investigation. If you have any information on the incident, you can call the non-emergency line at 250-995-7654 or call anonymously to the Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com

Victoria Police Department