A Langley special education teacher is recovering after being struck in the head and shoulder by rocks thrown at her by a group of teenagers in a scary confrontation in Willoughby on Oct 4.
Around 11 p.m. that Friday night, Tyrone Kennedy was bringing his girlfriend, who doesn’t want to be named, home from a teachers’ appreciation night when he pulled into the garage at her townhouse complex at 200 Street and 72 Avenue.
“We heard a commotion, with one guy yelling and three guys following him,” said Kennedy. “One guy said to me, “Go back inside or I’ll kill ya.”
Kennedy said he told the four teen boys they shouldn’t talk like that.
“Next thing I knew is one guy is coming at me with a knife,” he said. Another guy started throwing rocks, several of the rocks smashing the back windows of both of the couple’s vehicles, and mirrors.
“One of the rocks hit [my girlfriend] in the back of the head and another hit her in the shoulder blade.
“There was blood everywhere and she still has a large bruise from the other rock,” said Kennedy.
The teacher tried to shut her garage door and create some distance.
“One of the teens threatened to kill our family if we called the police,” he said.
The couple managed to phone 911 and an ambulance and police did arrive. The police were close by attending a teen party in the complex.
“A young girl was having a party and some strangers crashed the party and she kicked them out,” said Langley RCMP Cpl. Holly Marks.
“We are pretty sure it was those four teens, kicked out of the party, that attacked this couple.”
Unfortunately, the girl who had the party couldn’t provide a description of the suspects and neither could the victims.
“I was so busy watching this guy’s knife I didn’t get a good look at the guys.”
Police didn’t find the teens and don’t have much more to investigate in the case, said Marks.
But she noted that it was a disturbing crime, which was violent in nature.
Kennedy is outraged that this senseless violence happened in Langley, and to his girlfriend.
“It could have been much worse,” he points out.
“They are both out more than $600 in deductibles for the damage done to their cars.
The couple are still in shock and want neighbours to know the teens are out there and could strike again.
A neighbour believes she saw the teens at the Mac’s store on 200 Street, shortly after the attack.
The best description offered is that they are all Caucasian, in their late teens — 16 to 19 — all thin, wearing jeans and hoodies.
One, who was carrying a skateboard, has shoulder-length straight brown hair.
Another teen was blond, with a pudgy face, but thin build, around 5’6” tall.
The neighbour who spoke with The Times said she believes she had previously seen them in the complex, smoking pot in the common area.
If you have any information about this crime call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200 or, to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.