By Matt Woodman
Four men robbed and beat two others with a baseball bat late Sunday night in Fairview.
The 22-year-old and 23-year-old men went to the QE2 hospital.
According to Constable Brian Palmeter, at approximately 8:45 p.m., the two victims were approached by a group of four white men at the intersection of Willett Street and Main Avenue. One of the four men asked for a cigarette. When one of the victims said that they didn’t have any, they were ordered to hand over any valuables. The victims cooperated, however they were then assaulted with a baseball bat.
The four attackers left on foot with the victims’ wallets and an Ipod.
The victims’ description of the attackers is, four white men all wearing hoodies and bandanas.
Residents of the area said they had not heard or seen anything, but were concerned for the safety of the neighbourhood.
“Its shocking,” says one couple, “we didn’t know anything about it until now.”
The crossing guard for the local schools, who asked to not to have her name published, said it seems things have been getting worse in the area lately.
“Kids all day have been telling me they’re scared to leave the house now,” she says, “I think there has been at least one parent walking with every child after what happened. First there has been a pedophile around here and now this.”
At this time Halifax Regional Police are still looking for the four thugs and also hoping witnesses will come forward.
“We’re also looking for the public’s help. If they have information or see people walking about that match the description we ask them to contact us right away,” says Const. Brian Palmeter. “That might be the piece of the puzzle we need to eventually make an arrest.”
Despite the attackers asking for a cigarette before assaulting the victims, Const. Brian Palmeter says he doesn’t suspect that this assault is related to a series of 11 swarmings that occured between September 3rd, 2010 and October 5th, 2010. During that period, nine of the 11 assaults that took place began with the attackers asking the victims if they could have a cigarette.
Const. Brian Palmeter explains why he doesn’t believe this attack is related to the 2010 swarmings: