Police seeking leads in Radium crowbar attack

The Columbia Valley RCMP report for the week of November 25.

November 25

• Columbia Valley police were dispatched to a single vehicle collision on Highway 93/95 just south of the Invermere crossroads. The complainant and driver reported that he had struck an elk and the vehicle was severely damaged. He stated that there were no injuries to himself or his passengers.

Police attended to the scene and observed that the complainant  had been northbound when he struck two elk simultaneously. Both elk were deceased upon police arrival.

Extensive front end damage to the vehicle is estimated to be upwards of $5,000. Conservation officers attended and removed the deceased elk. Road conditions were dry and it was dark at the time of the collision.


November 26

• Columbia Valley RCMP received dispatch of an assault with a weapon that occurred at Legends field in Radium Hot Springs.

The victim  reported that he had been jumped by three unknown males and that they had beaten him with what he thought to be a crow bar. He had lost consciousness and phoned police when he awoke.

Police attended and secured the area until BC Ambulance Service arrived on scene.

The victim has a medical condition called chronic distonia which is similar to multiple sclerosis.

Police spoke with the victim who stated that he believed it had been three males dressed in black however he did not see anything or hear anything as he had music playing through his earphones and was attacked from the rear.

The male received injuries to his head, back, shoulder and rib cage and was transported to Invermere Hospital where he was held over night for observation.

Police conducted neighbourhood inquiries with negative results. Extensive patrols were conducted by police also with negative results. The area where the assault occurred was dark, with minimal illumination at the north end of the playground area.

The victim stated that he does not have any enemies that he is aware of and that he had been walking to a friend’s house at the time.

Police are treating this as a priority investigation and are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and prosecuting the offenders of this cowardly and unprovoked attack. Anyone with any information regarding this assault is asked to contact the local RCMP or Crimestoppers.

November 27

• A seasonal homeowner reported that their residence in the 6900 block of Columbia Ridge Drive in Fairmont Hot Springs had been broken into.

The break in occurred sometime in the past two weeks.  Some food was eaten and a bottle of liquor was taken. Muddy foot prints had been left in the kitchen area and bathroom.

The homeowner stated that they noticed something was odd as the upstairs bedroom smelled of cigarette smoke and the bed had been slept in.

Police attended and checked the residence and found no signs of forced entry. The homeowner had already washed the bed covers and sheets and had also checked with neighbours.

One resident three houses down is a full time resident. The rest in the area are seasonal, no one was home at this time.  Nothing was seen nor heard, no damage noted anywhere.

• A Fairmont resident called the RCMP to report damage to her light post at the end of her driveway located in the 5100 block of  Riverview Crescent in Fairmont Hot Springs.

Police attended and found a damaged light post with black paint transfer and also noticed a large chunk of cement taken out of the curb that was to the side of where the post would have been.

The property owner showed police a hub cap that she found and put into her garage. Police seized the hub cap with intentions to determine a make and model.

The property owner thinks that this would have happened around 3 a.m., when the clock on her automatic lights went off. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the local RCMP detachment or Crimestoppers.