24 hours of violence strikes Behchoko

24 hours of  violence strikes Behchoko

Behchoko was hit by a slew of assaults just over a week ago in time with the community’s graduation celebrations.

Behchoko RCMP are investigating four separate assault cases, including assaults using weapons, that occurred between May 26 and May 27.

“It was one of those weekends where police were very busy. There were a number of serious assaults,” Cpl. Barry Ledoux, media relations with the Yellowknife RCMP, said. “It was, yes, also graduation weekend.”

The first incident occurred at 6:45 a.m. on May 26. RCMP took one adult man to the Behchoko Health Centre where he was treated for non-life threatening injures “caused by a blunt object.” The alleged assault is still under investigation.

Also on May 26 at 7:20 a.m., a 15 year-old girl was physically assaulted, but did not suffer any injuries. A 23 year-old man was struck in the head with a blunt object and required medical attention from the same incident. His injury was determined to be non-life threatening. The investigation continues.

Around 2:30 p.m. on May 26, police received another call about an 18 year-old male being assaulted and requiring medical attention for non-life threatening injuries. A 30 year-old male resident of Behchoko was later arrested and charged with assault causing bodily harm in relation to the incident.

On May 27 at 7:30 a.m. there was yet another complaint filed of an assault. A 17 year-old girl was allegedly assaulted with a blunt object and treated at the Behchoko Health Centre for non-life threatening injuries. A 24 year-old woman and a 15 year-old young offender have been arrested and charged with assault with a weapon.

The RCMP is asking for public assistance with respect to these incidents. Contact Behchoko RCMP Detachment at 867-392-1111.

Police are also looking into a video that was posted on Facebook that shows a large group of adolescents egging on a fight.

“We do not know at this time if the video is related to any of the assaults we’re looking into,” Ledoux said. “We are still in the process of trying to retrieve the video.”

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