What I find really interesting is note that the ESL program refused to give the consular officer the victim’s contact info. Instead, the victim’s parents get a call at an ungodly hour saying, “This is the Vancouver consular officer, your son has been attacked with a sword and I don’t know where to find him.”
An interesting bit of Korean language study: the Korean word for machete is “jungle-knife” (chonggul-to).
Original from the Vancouver office of the Chungang Ilbo. I originally picked up on the story based on the lengthy post at the Marmot’s Hole, where Robert Neff went on an extended rant on the dangerous jungle Vancouver has become.
X-posted to Clever Turtles, as usual.
Group of ESL students meet muggers, are badly injured
Three teenage muggers hack their heads with machetes and threaten them
The incident occured Jan 28 at 12:30 AM in North Vancouver when seven Korean ESL students met some muggers; one received a large injury on the head, and another received a mild injury.
The victims, who were Sangji college students participating in a one-month, short-term language training course at the SFU downtown campus, after holding a going party before returning to their country at a bar near Lonsdale Quay Terminal, went outside and were chatting near the fountain when the incident occurred.
After approaching the students and asking if they had cigarettes, the assailants pulled out pocketknives and threatened them, demanding that they take out their wallets and cell phones. When the victims answered that they didn’t have them, one of the perpetrators pulled out a machete and made a 2 cm wound in one victim’s (25 years old) cheek, then turned on a second student (22 years old), scratching their nose, then striking them on the head and causing a laceration to the skull.
The perpetrators fled as soon as blood began to flow from student’s head, and 911 emergency services were dispatched and transported the two injured to Lion’s Gate Hospital, where they received medical attention. After receiving emergency care, the student injured on the cheek went together with a different group to the police and reported to detectives, the student with the head injury received sutures and was discharged the following day, and as planned they flew home without further obstacle.
The Vancouver consular office’s Police Consul Kim Nam-hyon received the relevant reports from the investigator responsible at 9AM on the 28th, and at that time the language training program’s administration refused to make the incident public and did not release the students’ location or contact information, so he traced the immigration documents and contacted their parents in Korea to confirm their addresses, and after about an hour he was able to meet the students directly and gather the details of the incident.
According to Police Consul Kim, “Even after returning home the victims are unable to recover from the trauma of that time and still complain of pain from the suturing.” He requested, “Don’t hang around the entertainment districts into the late hours of the night.”
North Vancouver police have arrested perpetrators Blair Benedict (18 years old, North Vancouver resident), Christopher Lambert (18 years old, North Vancouver resident), and a seventeen year old male residing in Surrey whose name cannot be released according to minority protection laws, for suspicion of assault and battery and attempted assault.
The Vancouver consulate released their formal statement, “Thanks to the North Vancouver police for their speedy apprehension of the perpetrators.” “We think it is highly regrettable that students going abroad received life-threatening injuries. While these crimes may not be motivated by an anti-Asian sentiment that includes Koreans, we are concerned. At the end of March 2010 in Robson Square a Korean was the victim of a senseless, purposeless attack and at that time the police did not make an incident out of it. We request that the police do their best to both prevent and apprehend, so that Koreans will not suffer.”
Choi Ye-lin, reporter
Sangji University, where the victims attend.
Simon Frasier University, Vancover, English Language and Culture Program — the ESL program they belonged to, perhaps?
I was unable to find any information on the Robson Square attack, so I’m not sure what the details of the incident were, or if it was a simple mistranslation on my part.