Pellet gun and machete allegedly used to threaten family at BC campsite over long weekend: RCMP
VANCOUVER – Mounted police in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley are investigating yet another report of violence and threats at area campsites over the May long weekend.
Police say they were called just before midnight on May 23 regarding an incident near Lake Chehalis.
According to the RCMP, some people fired a pellet gun at a campsite, pulled out a machete, assaulted a woman and demanded that the family leave the area. This family then ran away and called the police.
But that’s not the only incident local police have been investigating since the weekend.
“This is the second incident in which violence and threats have been reported at campsites in the region,” mounted police said in a press release on Tuesday.
The other incident reportedly occurred on May 21, when campers in Harrison Lake said they were intimidated and threatened by a group of revelers.
Campers told CTV News Vancouver last week that upon arrival they were confronted by a group yelling at them, claiming the entire area had been reserved for other friends arriving. The campers were reportedly informed that these friends would have weapons with them.
The gendarmes say they are also investigating these reports.
In the May 23 incident, police released a photo of the suspects in hopes the public could help identify them. One suspect is described as a white man with a black beard and shoulder length black hair. He is around 6 feet tall and is in his late 30s to early 40s, police said.
The second suspect is also a white male, around 40 years old. He is bald, has a black goatee, and weighs around 250-300 pounds.
“These criminal acts are not tolerated and the Agassiz RCMP are continuing to investigate these cases in order to hold those involved accountable,” said Sgt. Mike Sargent in a press release.
“The Agassiz RCMP have stepped up their patrols in these areas and the public can expect to see an increased police presence over the next few months so that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy their camping experience in a safe manner.
Anyone with information on either incident should call Agassiz RCMP at 604-796-2211.