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Youths arrested in alleged Port Moody assault involving hammer, knife

An apparent verbal altercation turned violent near Moody Centre SkyTrain station, and charges are being recommended by police.

There were no injuries following a violent altercation between a man and three youths in Port Moody this past weekend.

However, charges are being recommended — including assault with a weapon — after the trio of teens was arrested as Port Moody police (PMPD) found a hammer and knife in their possession.

The incident took place in a park-and-ride lot near the intersection of Moody and Clarke streets around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday (March 5).

Officers responded to reports of a group of youths attacking an adult man.

One of them was believed to have struck the victim with a hammer while another brandished a knife, according to PMPD spokesperson Const. Sam Zacharias.

"The victim and suspects are not known to each other and we believe this incident occurred after a verbal altercation between the parties," he said in a news release today (March 7).

"Incidents like these are rare but very concerning — it is fortunate that no one was seriously injured as a result."

After they fled the scene, Zacharias said the three youths were found at a SkyTrain station, where they were arrested and seized of several weapons.

He added paramedics treated the victim, but he did not sustain any serious injuries.

PMPD has since recommended assault-related charges to Crown Counsel, but are also appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Anyone with more information about the incident is encouraged to call PMPD at 604-461-3456 and quote file number 2023-1176.