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UPDATE: Saanich police identify 5 suspects sought after youth attacked on bus

Youth involved came forward voluntarily
Saanich police are continuing to investigate the case and none of the five suspects identified have been charged with any offence at this time. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich police have identified the five suspects sought after a youth was assaulted by a group on a bus.

All of the suspects came forward voluntarily, contacting police on Tuesday (Aug. 23). While none of the five have been charged with any offence at this time, the investigation remains active, according to police.

On Thursday, Aug. 18, a group of seven youths were on a BC Transit bus just after 12:30 a.m., heading southbound on Shelbourne Street near Cedar Hill Cross Road. According to a release from the Saanich Police Department, two youths from the group walked to the back of the bus and attacked another youth sitting with some friends. The incident was filmed, with the video later being shared on social media.

The injured youth was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Two of the suspects were identified and arrested. Police are recommending charges of assault causing bodily harm.

Those two identified suspects and the injured youth were not known to each other but police believe the incident stemmed from an interaction at a bus stop about half an hour prior.

“This is a disturbing incident, one that was unprovoked and it is clear that the group had planned and coordinated the assault on the bus,” said Const. Markus Anastasiades in a statement.

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