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Man attacked with hammer in Campbell River

The Campbell River RCMP is sharing details of a shocking attack that happened early last night in the Willow Point neighbourhood.

Police were called to a report of a man being beaten with a hammer shortly after 6:00pm.

The assault happened in broad daylight on Parkway Road, when two people approached a man parked in a car and attacked him. 

The suspects ran to a nearby home that is known to police on Galerno Road.

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BC Ambulance services took the victim, a 42-year-old Campbell River man, to hospital. 

He had suffered from serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, and was later released from the hospital.

Police arrested one of the suspects immediately, but the other one fled and is still at large. 

A 47-year-old Campbell River man was taken into custody and could be facing charges of assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm. 

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Two people were also located and arrested that had outstanding warrants.

Police were at the home on Galerno Road until early this morning. 

As they looked for evidence in connection with the assault, police came across several grams of methamphetamine, and various stolen goods were retrieved from the home.

RCMP Const. Maury Tyre, said it’s believed that everyone involved is connected to the local drug trade and there is no risk to the general public. 

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“Again this is a stark reminder of the violence that follows the drug trade. The homes that house this activity are a plague on the community and the local RCMP are constantly investigating these houses,” Tyre said. 

“Information we receive from neighbours and community members gets taken very seriously by the police and we do everything in our legal power to deal with the criminal activities going on there.”

Tyre added that In some cases these homes are rentals and the damages that are done to them while drug operations are carried out there “are immense and it’s quite difficult to get rid of tenants”. 

He says that if you are a landlord, it’s worthwhile to exercise due diligence and investigate the people that you are renting to and make sure you have clear conditions in your rental agreement.

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If you are aware of ongoing criminal activity please you’re asked to call the Campbell River RCMP at 250-286-6221. 

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