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Four Abbotsford men accused of violent assault during riot
Four Abbotsford men have been charged in relation to the brutal assault and stabbing of an 18-year-old man on the night of the Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver.
The men are among those included in the latest round of charges recommended by the Vancouver Police Department in relation to the riot on June 15, 2011. All four face charges of assault and participating in a riot and assault.
One of the men faces a more serious charge of assault causing bodily harm, and another faces additional charges of carrying a concealed weapon and assault with a weapon.
Police say that shortly after the final Canucks playoff game let out, the victim from Abbotsford was approached in the 500 block of West Georgia Street by a group of men aged 18 to 19.
It is alleged that one of the men began assaulting the teen, and the other three quickly joined in.
The victim was knocked to the ground, pepper-sprayed, kicked and punched. Then, one of the assailants allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed him multiple times in the face and body.
Police say quick response by Good Samaritans, police and emergency personnel ensured the victim was quickly taken to hospital. He has since recovered from his injuries.
One of the four assailants has a criminal record, according to police. The others have had several past police contacts.
The VPD announced Friday that it has recommended a further 83 criminal charges against 25 more people who took part in the riot, reaching a total of 200 people facing 592 charges. Seven of them are from Abbotsford.
To date, Crown has approved 226 criminal charges against 85 suspected rioters, and seven have pleaded guilty.