2 arrested in brawl that left B.C. man brain-damaged
RCMP have arrested two people in connection with a bar brawl in Maple Ridge, B.C., that left a 44-year-old father permanently brain-damaged.
While the RCMP wouldn't identify the suspects until charges have been laid, CTV News has learned that they are two employees of the Wolf Bar, where the fight happened.
"I know my brother. Whatever happened in there, he didn't deserve it," said Andre Parent, who has been visiting his brother Del in hospital since the incident.
In the early morning of June 13, Parent and a friend walked up to the Wolf Bar on Lougheed Highway. They wanted offsales, but bar staff wouldn't serve them.
A bouncer kicked Parent out, according to an interview with pub owner Chris Fairfax last month.
"They both went down on the ground; the guy who was causing trouble hit his head on the curb and the doorman noticed there was blood," Fairfax said at the time.
Fairfax refused to be interviewed when contacted by CTV News today.
Parent walked away from the brawl. But then his brother found him unconscious a few days later.
Police have recommended chares of aggravated assault or assault causing bodily harm. It's up to Crown counsel to formally lay a charge.
"A major part of the investigation was trying to determine whether there was force used by employees of the Wolf pub," said Insp. Darren Lench. "Ultimately, we did make two arrests."
The pair has been questioned and released, Lench said. A criminal charge could result in the employees' security licences being revoked.
Parent has been in hospital since the incident. He is trying to regain the use of his body.
"With the rehab team at the hospital, with his family and friends, he has made it very clear that he is treating this as a challenge," his brother said.
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Jon Woodward