Monday, September 17, 2012

Skateboarders Destroy Car in Senseless Attack #yyj @Vicpdcanada

File # 12-36674
Date: Monday, September 17, 2012

Victoria BC – Two skateboarders were arrested Friday night after destroying a car in a senseless attack at the Douglas and Fort Street intersection.

At 10:30 p.m. three skateboarders senselessly attacked a new Kia SUV with their skateboards, smashing out windows and threatening its three occupants. The attack was prompted after the driver of the car honked at the skateboarders as they walked in the middle of the roadway.

The car was occupied by a Langford couple in their early 30s, and a friend, who were returning from a downtown restaurant. They were travelling eastbound on Fort Street and the attack occurred just prior to the Douglas Street intersection. First, a skateboard was thrown at their windshield followed by the driver’s side rear window was smashed out, spraying shards of broken glass across the rear children’s seats and passenger.

The car was stopped at a red light and the attack continued until the driver was able to pull away north onto Douglas Street. Damage to the car is likely several thousand dollars and the victims were quite traumatized by the attack.

The skateboarders fled the area but two were later arrested. One of them was apprehended by a witness at Douglas and View Streets after the culprit apparently stopped at the intersection to brag about his crime. Another was spotted by a VicPD Motorcycle officer, who initiated a pursuit and eventually made an arrest.

The two skateboarders arrested, both 22-year-old men, face charges of mischief and were released on promises to appear for October 25. A third suspect remains at-large but police are reviewing video surveillance in hopes of identifying him. As police continue their investigation more charges could be forthcoming.

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