Richmond man facing riot charges in beating of Good Samaritan

The Integrated Riot Investigation Team has recommended charges against a 20-year-old Richmond man in the attack on Good Samaritan Robert Mackay, who took a stand against rioters in front of The Bay in Downtown Vancouver last June only to be assaulted by more than a dozen of them.

According to the riot team, the Richmond suspect was "drinking at a bar in Richmond during the hockey game, when he decided to join his friends as they headed to downtown Vancouver. In front of The Bay, he watched as Robert was punched, kicked and knocked to the ground by a group of rioters.

"Instead of helping, the 20-year-old Richmond man decided to join the attack by kicking the Good Samaritan in the head while he lay beaten on the ground," the riot team said in a press release.

Charges have now been recommended on 11 of Mackay's attackers, with police continuing to investigating two others. Only two of Mackay's attackers remain unidentified.

The Richmond man could be facing charges of participating in a riot and assault. Crown counsel needs to approve charges before the suspect can be named.

Last month, Richmond's Camille Cacnio pled guilty to participating in a riot and breaking and entering.

Also charged from Richmond are: Johnathan Wong, Jamil Sunderji and a young offender, and Roneil Kumar.


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