Updated: White Rock RCMP continuing investigation about assault on same night as Prestbakmo murder

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      Update (September 19):

      White Rock RCMP and IHIT have been working together to determine whether or not there was any connection between the fatal stabbing of 45-year-old Delphin Paul Prestbakmo in South Surrey and an assault that took place in White Rock on the same night (August 16).

      A man in his 60s, who was seen in the 1600 block of 152nd Street before 3 a.m., had sustained serious injuries from an assault (involving physical force, not a stabbing) some time before 3 a.m. but the location of the assault remained unknown.

      White Rock RCMP Cst. Chantal Sears told the Georgia Straight by phone that the victim has since been released from hospital and is recovering from his injuries.

      Cst. Sears stated that the investigation is moving forward but that any connection between the assault and Prestbakmo’s fatal stabbing still remains to be determined.

      The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) and Surrey RCMP announced today that two youths—a 15 year old and a 16 year old who remain in custody—are being charged with second-degree murder for the death of Prestbakmo. 

      Anyone who hasn’t yet spoken with White Rock RCMP is asked to contact investigators at 778-593-3600.

      Original article (August 23):

      White Rock RCMP are hoping the public can help determine the circumstances of an early-morning assault that took place last Friday. It happened on the same night that another assault, one that took the life of a Surrey man, occurred.

      According to a White Rock RCMP news release issued today (August 23), surveillance video confirmed that a man in his 60s, who was wearing a distinctive yellow and black jacket with a camouflage ball cap, left his residence around 2:30 a.m. on August 16. He was then seen in the 1600 block of 152nd Street just before 3 a.m.

      IHIT also referred to the victim having been seen at the Coast Capital Savings in the 1700 block of 152nd Street in White Rock at 11:55 p.m. on August 15.

      CCTV footage at his residence showed him returning home around 4:30 a.m. without his cap and with noticeable injuries. The location of his ball cap remained unknown.

      Investigators, who believe that the man was assaulted sometime before 3 a.m., are seeking the public’s help in identifying the specific location of the assault.

      Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact White Rock RCMP at 778-593-3600.

      White Rock RCMP and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) have been working together to determine if there are any connections between that assault and the fatal of stabbing of 45-year-old Delphin Paul Prestbakmo in South Surrey.

      Prestbakmo was heading to a McDonald’s at 3 a.m. on August 16 when he was stabbed in a parking lot in the 1700 block of 152nd Street near the Semiahmoo Mall in Surrey.

      A police dog located a male suspect at a nearby home, and he was taken into custody.

      Angela Prestbakmo, Delphin’s sister, made a public appeal for help in solving the case.

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