Suspect arrested for assault of elderly man

Williams Lake RCMP are crediting the public with the quick arrest of a young man suspected in a brutal assault last week.

Williams Lake RCMP are crediting the public with the quick arrest of a young man suspected in a brutal assault last week.

Staff Sgt. Del Byron said officers arrested a 23-year-old man in relation to what they are calling a random and violent assault which saw a 70-year-old man attacked and left bleeding profusely from head and facial injuries at the intersection of Broadway Avenue and Highway 97 near the Husky Gas Station at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night.

Byron said the RCMP acted on several tips that came in on the case.

“We would like to thank the media and members of the community of Williams Lake for stepping forward and helping the police solve this crime,” Byron said following the arrest.

“The local Williams Lake Detachment is very appreciative of the assistance that was offered by all who came forward. For the police to be successful in this community we cannot act alone. Thank you Williams Lake.”

The suspect was arrested and released on a Promise to Appear and an undertaking with conditions until his court date of Sept. 16. The suspect has not been formally charged yet, therefore his name cannot be released.

The victim was transferred to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops where he is believed to be recovering from his injuries.