Brandon William Janveaux faces various charges for allegedly punching an elderly man in the face as he stood at a bus stop in Abbotsford on Nov. 24, 2019. (APD)

Teen accused in Abbotsford attack on 85-year-old convicted of firearms offence

Brandon Janveaux found in vehicle in Chilliwack with .22-calibre rifle down his pants

The teenager accused of a violent assault on an elderly man in Abbotsford last year was convicted of a firearms offence in provincial court in Chilliwack on Thursday.

Brandon William Janveaux is the 19-year-old charged with assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm for allegedly punching an elderly man in the face at a bus stop on Nov. 24, 2019.

A witness said Janveaux ran up to the old man and started “viciously punching him in the face repeatedly.”

• READ MORE: Chilliwack woman witnesses vicious beating of 85-year-old man in Abbotsford

While not even two years an adult, Janveaux was facing two other serious criminal matters already.

When he was 18, on Sept. 30, 2018, Janveaux was a passenger in his father’s red Camaro when he was pulled over doing 88 kilometres an hour (km/h) in a 50 km/h zone on Young Road in Chilliwack.

The younger Janveaux handed over a bag in which an officer found bear spray and a bag of marijuana. He also had knives, a black face mask and, most seriously, a .22-calibre rifle down his pants.

He was charged with occupying a vehicle knowing a firearm is present, possessing a firearm without licence or registration, and carrying a concealed weapon. A trial was scheduled on Jan. 16, but he pleaded guilty to the third charge and was sentenced to 18 months probation and handed a five-year weapons prohibition. The other charges were dropped.

Janveaux was in court on Dec. 20 for a bail hearing on the Abbotsford assault file, but bail was denied and he was detained.

He is next due in court Jan. 27.

He also faces a trial March 20, 2020 for two counts of assault with a weapon and two counts of breaching his bail conditions on June 17, 2019 in Chilliwack.

• RELATED: Three Chilliwack prolific offenders charged in violent crime spree


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