`It will take a long time for my father to recover from injuries`

The family of the old security guard from Surrey who was brutally beaten by three Caucasian boys says that it will take a long time for him both physically and emotionally recover from this tragic incident.

Hoshiar Singh Bajwa sustained more than 100 stitches and head injuries after he was beaten by three men at the Pitt River middle school construction site. The 65-year-old was able to phone 911 but Coquitlam RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung said given his condition, he was unable to provide police with much information.

“His injuries are pretty extensive,” Chung said. “He received many stitches. A weapon may have been used but, at this point, we don’t know.”

What police do know is that three men approached the security guard at around 3:30 a.m. One of the men is described as a white male, 5’7″ tall who was wearing a hoodie with a white stripe on it. Descriptions of the two other suspects have not been determined and Chung said police are hoping that as Bajwa’s condition improves, he will be able to provide more information.
In the meantime, police are searching the scene for any video surveillance footage. Investigators are also trying to determine if anything was stolen from the construction site.
“As far as we can tell, nothing was taken from the site,” Chung said. “But we are working with the [construction company] to see the records of inventory.”

He added that security guards, like regular citizens, should act as the eyes and ears for police and should not intervene in situations where criminal activity is taking place. Instead, they should phone the police, Chung said.

“There are times when they might feel comfortable intervening,” he said. “Sometimes if you have a co-worker with you, or the persons you are intervening on are younger… but intervening is not always a viable option and they should [phone police].”

Anyone with any information about the suspects is asked to call the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550. Those who wish to provide information anonymously should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or go to www.solvecrime.ca.

“He was just doing his job,” said Bajwa’s son Baljeet at his father’s bedside at Royal Columbian Hospital on Sunday. “Now he’s in trauma. He’s saying he didn’t know they were going to attack him like that.”

It was around 3 a.m. when Bajwa saw a man jump the fence and went over to talk to him. The man said he needed help because he was being chased by two guys.

Bajwa didn’t see the two other men who jumped him from behind, until they grabbed him and started beating him with one of the many metal rods lying around the site.

Even when Bajwa fell to the ground helpless, his attackers continued the assault, beating him and kicking him about 50 to 70 times for what felt like 10 minutes, said Bajwa. All the blows were to his head. When they were done, the men fled and left Bajwa lying in a pool of blood.

Dazed and in pain, Bajwa managed to call 911 and his family.

When his daughter Rita Grewal arrived at the site, she couldn’t recognize her dad, who was covered in blood, soil, sand and mud.

“There was blood all over, down his eyes and all over his clothes,” said Rita Grewal. “I couldn’t even recognize him. The blood was too much. He couldn’t even speak.”