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Ontario man charged after B.C. teen with autism injured in unprovoked 2020 attack: RCMP

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Nearly a year after a brutal and unprovoked attack that left a Richmond teen with autism seriously injured, the RCMP in Ontario have arrested a suspect. Global's Jordan Armstrong spoke with the victim's father for his reaction – Jun 25, 2021

An Ontario man accused of attacking a teen with autism in Richmond, B.C., last year has been charged with assault causing bodily harm.

The boy had been playing basketball with a group of people at a school in the 7100 block of Minoru Boulevard on Aug. 21, 2020, when he was allegedly attacked without provocation.

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Charges laid in 2020 Richmond assault of teen with autism playing basketball – Jun 24, 2021

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According to one witness, the suspect was told that the teen had a developmental disability. The suspect still proceeded to punch the boy, Richmond RCMP said at the time.

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The incident left the teen with a facial laceration and a concussion, according to police.

Two witnesses reported the attack to police, who were able to track the victim down at a local hospital, Mounties said Thursday.

“This is an excellent example of the key role the public plays in investigations,” Cpl. Adriana O’Malley said.

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“We want to commend all of the witnesses that came forward and aided in our investigation. The evidence they provided was instrumental in identifying the alleged suspect.”

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Richmond RCMP looking for witnesses to an unprovoked attack on teen with autism – Aug 27, 2020

Following an investigation, police were able to identify a 21-year-old suspect from Ontario.

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Dominic Rallon Jao has since been charged with one count of assault causing bodily harm.

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