The boy had been playing basketball with a group of people at a school in the 7100 block of Minorou Boulevard on Aug. 21, 2020, when he was allegedly attacked without provocation.
According to one witness, the suspect was told that the teen had a developmental disability. The suspect still proceeded to punch the boy, Richmond RCMP said at the time.
The incident left the teen with a facial laceration and a concussion, according to police.
Two witnesses reported the attack to police, who were able to track the victim down at a local hospital, Mounties said Thursday.
“This is an excellent example of the key role the public plays in investigations,” Cpl. Adriana O’Malley said.
“We want to commend all of the witnesses that came forward and aided in our investigation. The evidence they provided was instrumental in identifying the alleged suspect.”
Following an investigation, police were able to identify a 21-year-old suspect from Ontario.
Dominic Rallon Jao has since been charged with one count of assault causing bodily harm.
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