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North Vancouver restaurant worker attacked, beaten while taking out the garbage

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Pizzeria chef beat while taking out the garbage in Lower Lonsdale
WATCH: Warning: Images may be disturbing to some viewers. North Vancouver RCMP are investigating an attack on a pizza chef after he was beaten with a blunt object while taking the garbage out Saturday night. – Nov 22, 2022

Warning: Some of the images and details in this story may be disturbing. 

A North Vancouver pizza chef is recovering from injuries he received during what he said was a random attack Saturday night.

Jean Sebastien works at Dave & Mel’s Pizzeria in the Lower Lonsdale area.

He told Global News he was taking out the garbage at the end of his shift when someone beat him badly with a blunt object.

“As I back away, I’m right in front of the hair salon next to Dave & Mel’s and then he pulls out a gun and puts it to my forehead,” Sebastien said.

“And he said ‘you have 48 hours to leave Vancouver or else’ – basically ‘I’ll kill you’.”

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Sebastien said he does not know who attacked him or why. He said his cheek was broken and he has been left traumatized.

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Dave Carter, owner of Dave & Mel’s Pizza, said he does not think the attacker targeted Sebastian specifically.

“I don’t think it was directed towards anybody, I do think it was a random assault,” he said. “I do think it was just wrong place, wrong time and someone having a bad day.”

Carter added that the area is one of the safest in the Lower Mainland.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help Sebastien as he cannot work and will require multiple surgeries.

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North Vancouver RCMP told Global News in a statement that officers are investigating the assault but could not confirm if it was a random attack or a targeted one.

They said there is no ongoing risk to the public, however.

Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to contact the North Vancouver RCMP at 604-985-1311 and quote file# 2022-29051.

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