UPDATE: Victoria police have released a photo of the second longboard that was stolen in a robbery at Quadra Heights playground last week. It’s been included in the article below.
EARLIER: Victoria police are investigating after a youth was put in the hospital with potentially life-altering injuries after he was robbed and assaulted on the Quadra Heights Playground just before 9 p.m. on Tuesday night.
Officers were called to the playground in the 3100-block of Alder Street where they discovered the victim. The teenager reported that he and a friend were in the playground when two other males approached and took their longboards.
When the victim approached them, he was assaulted with one of the longboards. He is now in hospital with non-life-threatening but potentially life-altering injuries. Family members told Victoria Buzz that the whole side of his face is caved in and will require reconstructive surgery.
Police asking for information to identify suspects
The suspects are described as two Aboriginal male youths, approximately 15 and 16 years old. Both were described as being short, standing about 5’3” tall and of average build. One of the suspects was wearing a red hat at the time of the incident.
Police are also asking that a man who offered assistance to the victim, but did not remain at the scene, contact investigators immediately.
Photos of one of the longboards that was stolen have been provided. It is described as being a brand new full-sized board, with dark grey grip tape on top with a circular black and white sticker in the middle. The underside is dark blue, white, grey and aquamarine pattern, with a smaller black circular sticker.
On May 10th, police released a photo of the second longboard stolen in the robbery. The longboard is described as an arrow-head shaped board, with a wood-grain patina. The board has handwritten lettering near the front wheels on top and a distinctive ’49’ sticker on the wheels near the bottom. The board also had thick yellow wheels.
If you have any information, recognize the longboard, or believe you may know the suspects’ identities, call the VicPD non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654. To report what you know anonymously, call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1(800) 222-8477.