Police eye suspects in trucker's beating

Police in Valemount are closing in on suspects in the unprovoked beating of a Good Samaritan trucker.

Const. Simon Bentley said Wednesday the RCMP's investigation is not yet complete, but he hopes one or more individuals could face assault charges in relation to the unprovoked attack on Alex Fraser.

The 67-year-old trucker was beaten to unconsciousness Sept. 28, 2010, after he stopped to help what looked to be a stranded vehicle. Things took an unexpected turn when three men standing with the vehicle attacked him.

Fraser was struck on the back of the head and knocked out. He doesn't remember what happened but when he came to, he was covered in blood, dazed and too weak to stand.

The wounded trucker crawled to his big rig and drove himself to nearby Blue River, where others called 911. He spent several days in the hospital and gave up long-haul trucking as a result.

The attack pushed the North American Trucker's Guild and the B.C. Trucking Association to post a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the individuals responsible.

Bentley said he's convinced information from the public will give investigators the final pieces they need to close the case and put forward a report to Crown counsel recommending charges.

He would not say much about the suspects the RCMP is watching, other than they came to light as police investigated other criminal matters in the community.

Bentley is urging anyone who was passing through the Yellowhead Highway near Valemount between 11:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. that night to think back and try to remember if they saw anything unusual.

He also hopes the reward fund might help motivate someone with information to come forward.

"We have suspects. We're still looking for witnesses. We're still looking to link our suspect to the crime," Bentley said, adding police don't yet have a motive or possible reason for the attack.

"Someone out there knows something. This gentleman was beaten for no reason. The person (responsible) needs to be brought forward and made to stand up for what he did."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Valemount RCMP at (250) 566-4466.

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