Assault victim not co-operative

Vernon RCMP asking for public's help in regards to alleged downtown assault

Vernon RCMP would like more information on an early-morning assault Sunday.

Unfortunately, the victim isn’t helping much.

A police officer was patrolling in the area near the Fruit Union Plaza at around 2 a.m. when he was flagged down by a man.

“The officer was told by the man that his friend was laying on the ground, around the corner, bleeding from the head,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

The officer went to the intersection of 30th Avenue and 25th Street and found a 22-year-old man lying on the ground, semi-conscious, heavily intoxicated with a cut to his head.

The member spoke with a witness who said they’d seen an incident a ways down the street.

“It appears the victim was struck once in the face by an unknown individual or individuals who left the area and headed towards Polson Park,” said Molendyk.

“There was no description available of the assailant or assailants.”

During their investigation, police discovered the victim had apparently been kicked out of a downtown bar earlier in the evening for arguing with a bouncer, and had been seen going down the street where it’s believed he had an encounter with two unknown persons.

While emergency personnel were tending to the victim, police report he became very aggressive.

“He was threatening to punch out our members and the ambulance attendants,” said Molendyk, who added the victim was eventually taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital,  and has been “not very co-operative” with police.

Anybody with any information on the incident is asked to call the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171.