April 28, 2014 - 12:12 PM
VERNON - A local teen remains in hospital with serious injuries after being stabbed at a massive bush party over the weekend.
The assault occurred at a party in the Noble Canyon area near Becker Lake at approximately 3:30 a.m. April 27. RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says there are reports that between 100-300 young people attended the party.
The teen required surgery, however police are not disclosing the full extent of his injuries until they’ve spoken with witnesses. Molendyk says the young man is not in life-threatening condition.
A friend drove the teen out of the forest service area to Highway 6 where they met an ambulance.
Police are reminding parents this type of incident, and worse, is always possible at bush parties.
“These parties are not a small innocent group of teens going out and having a good time,” Molendyk says. “They are not controlled by any stretch of the imagination, there are no immediate first aid rooms to deal with a medical issue that might come up. There is a chance your teenage children are going to face individuals that plan to take advantage of them with drugs and alcohol. For the young woman attending these events it could even be worse, with sexual assault a possibility.”
Police were aware of the party thanks to social media, and set up earlier that night at Highway 6 conducting a traffic stop to intercept people on their way there.
The operation checked approximately 35 vehicles driven by young adults, teens and a few parents of teens as well.
“Police conveyed safety warnings to the attendees and their parents at these checks,” Molendyk says.
Officers issued seven violation tickets and six written warnings for traffic and liquor related infractions. Minors had to dump their liquor out at the road check.
The big seizure was a substantial quantity of individually packaged drugs, including 200 grams of marijuana and six grams of crystal meth. A 19-year-old Vernon man is currently under investigation for possession for the purpose of trafficking.
“There are individuals that go there just to target young people through drugs and alcohol,” Molendyk says.
The stabbing victim himself was impaired, Molendyk says.
Anyone who saw the assault or knows who was involved is asked to call the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171, or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
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