Dawson Creek RCMP is investigating two alleged vigilante assaults against one man as a result of social media rumours.
On Wednesday (July 14), around 9:45 p.m. police received a report that a man was being targeted and attacked by vigilantes near a local business on the Dangerous Goods Route. Then the following day, around 6:45 a.m., police received another report of a man being assaulted at the intersection of 225 and Highway 97 South in Arras.
RCMP say the victim in both assaults was the same 20-year-old man, who was later taken to hospital for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.
Police are investigating, but initial information indicates the victim was targeted “as a result of unsubstantiated rumors posted on social media.”