Langford assault victim refuses to help RCMP

A Langford man was beaten and pepper-sprayed in a violent assault last week, but he’s refusing to help police identify his attackers.

Five men in a vehicle reportedly arrived at a home in the 2200 block of Bellamy Road on May 29, around 7:40 p.m. and assaulted the 23-year-old man. A neighbour flagged down a passing RCMP cruiser to report the home invasion.

The victim told police the assault was retribution for a fight from the night before and that he knows his attackers, but wouldn’t give up names.

RCMP Const. Julie Chanin said the victim isn’t known to police.

“It’s safe to say if someone doesn’t want police involved, it leads us to suspect it’s related to criminal activity,” Chanin said. “Although I can’t say for sure in this case.”

Police are seeking descriptions of the attackers and the vehicle in what Chanin called a brazen, daylight attack. “Five alleged guys would be noticeable, especially that time of day,” Chanin said.

Anyone with information can call West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.