Mounties are searching for suspects after a maintenance worker was beaten on the Red Bridge while filling potholes.
Kamloops RCMP officers were at the bridge on Monday (Jan. 11) at about 3 a.m., where two men had reportedly assaulted the worker.
According to the police report, the employee was repairing potholes on the bridge, when an older-model sports utility vehicle, travelling southbound towards Kamloops from the Tk’emlups reserve, drove past at high speed.
“A verbal exchange occurred between the maintenance worker and the two men in the SUV, which led to all parties confronting each other outside of their vehicles,” said Const. Crystal Evelyn in a police press release. “One of the men tried to take the worker’s shovel and during the struggle, the worker was punched, knocking him out and causing him to fall on the roadway.”
The two men were said to have sped off in their vehicle, continuing southbound toward Lorne Street. The worker was taken to Royal Inland Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The suspects are described as possibly South Asian or Indigenous males, each standing about six feet tall. One of the suspects was wearing all black, while the other may have been wearing a white tracksuit. They drove off in what was described as a “dirty” sports utility vehicle from the late 1990s or early 2000s, possibly beige in colour. The vehicle had a new driver "N" magnet on the lower right back corner, just above the bumper.
Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident, been involved or can help identify the suspects or their vehicle to contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and reference file 2021-1122.