Vancouver police release video of Yaletown assault that left Burnaby man with life-changing injuries

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      Police released a video today of an assault that took place in Yaletown last year that left one man with life-altering injuries.

      Around 2 a.m. on March 31, 2018, the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) received a 911 call from Pierre’s Champagne Lounge at 1028 Hamilton Street. Staff reported to police that a fight had just taken place and a man was rendered unconscious.

      However, by the time officers arrived a few minutes later, the suspects had fled.

      Officers found two alleged victims: one with minor injuries while another, a 28-year-old man from Burnaby, who was taken to hospital with serious head injuries.

      “The victim continues to deal with the effects of his life-changing injuries,” VPD Sgt. Jason Robillard stated in a news release.

      The VPD released a video today (March 19) with two suspects highlighted who investigators are seeking to identify.

      At a VPD press conference, Sgt. Robillard said that the altercation started inside the lounge moments before the "serious, disturbing" assault took place outside. The video captures one assault, while Sgt. Robillard explained that a second assault happened afterward.

      He stated that investigators believe the two suspects are associated with each other, and that the two victims were friends. He added that investigators do not believe there is any connection between the suspects and the vehicle that appears behind them in the video.

      When questioned why the video has not been released until now, Sgt. Robillard stated that investigators have been working extensively behind-the-scenes and that investigative steps needed to be taken before releasing the video.

      “When we release a media release to the media or if we don’t at all during the course of any investigation, it’s a strategic plan that’s made by the detectives who are in charge of it,” he said. “Sometimes releasing video or releasing any information to the media during an investigation can actually hinder it.”

      Investigators are seeking to speak to everyone involved to hear their version of what occurred.

      Anyone with information about the male suspects in the video or about the incident is asked to contact the VPD at 604-717-2541 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.