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Two arrested after brutal attack

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Two Langley men in their 20s have been arrested and charged after a vicious, unprovoked attack at the Langley City 7-Eleven on the night of Monday, Nov. 26. The attack was so brutal it left the victim lying in the middle of the road bleeding and unconscious.

Around 11:20 p.m., Langley RCMP were called by a passing motorist who saw two men beating on another just outside the 56 Avenue convenience store.

The first officer to arrive found the unconscious victim lying in the middle of the road with his friend watching over him, said police.

“The victim was bleeding from the back of his head and from a cut above his eye.  It took several minutes for him to regain consciousness,” said Langley RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Holly Marks. The victim was immediately taken to hospital.

His friend told police they had exited the 7-Eleven and walked past two men who appeared drunk.  It’s alleged that one of the suspects punched the victim, who tried to walk away but was unable to as both the men knocked him to the ground and punched him repeatedly.

The victim’s friend was able to temporarily pull one assailant away but eventually, both men continued the assault, said Marks.

“The victim was punched repeatedly and kicked in the head,” she said.

The two suspects then took the victim’s coat and fled on foot.

Witnesses to the beating told police the two suspects were standing in front of Army & Navy store.

Officers went across the street and arrested the two who were holding the victim’s jacket.

Allan Carmichael, 29,and Jordan Jaric, 24, are charged with one count each of robbery.  Carmichael was held in custody and appeared in court on Tuesday.

Jaric was released and was due back in court on Wednesday.

Marks said it was the impressive care of the community that made sure the attackers were arrested.

“In this instance, arrests and charges may not have been possible without the vigilance of the citizens of Langley,” said Marks.

“As a Langley resident myself, I am encouraged and comforted to know my neighbours are looking out for each other.”

While there was little the victim could have done, Langley RCMP still want to remind people to avoid all contact with individuals acting suspiciously, especially if they are intoxicated.

Carmichael is a known criminal who has been convicted or break and enters in years past.

It doesn’t appear Jaric has a criminal history.

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