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Good Samaritan needed brain surgery after getting punched trying to break up argument outside pub

Oct 11 2012

A 57-year-old Colwood man hadbrain surgery and remains in a coma after taking a punch to the head when he tried to stop an argument outside a West Shore pub Monday night.

Police say the man tried to help out when he followed a younger man and woman who were yelling at one another when they left the Country Rose Pub in Colwood around 8:30 p.m. 

Police say he was punched in the head and lost consciousness. He remains in Victoria General Hospital in an induced coma, recovering from brain surgery, report West Shore RCMP.

“We don’t know what will happen there. We’re all waiting on that,” said Sgt. Max Fossum, spokesman for the West Shore RCMP.

Officers say they have arrested a 31-year-old male from the Highlands, who they believe is connected to the incident, but they are still looking for witnesses who can help identify the suspect.

“We know we have the right guy, but because this is such a serious case we want to make sure we talk to everyone who was there,” said Sgt. Max Fossum, spokesman for the West Shore RCMP.

Police were unable to arrest the suspect when they arrived on Monday, but say they caught up with him the following day.

He is well-known to police and was arrested without incident.

Mounties say they know of at least two women who would have seen the incident in the parking lot outside the pub. They ask anyone with information to contact West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264.

dspalding@timescolonist.com

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