Senior photographing graffiti vandal beaten

Edmonton police are warning crime-fighting citizens to keep their distance after a 61-year-old man was beaten while trying to snap photos of a graffiti vandal in action.

By The Canadian PRess

EDMONTON — Edmonton police are warning crime-fighting citizens to keep their distance after a 61-year-old man was beaten while trying to snap photos of a graffiti vandal in action.

Sgt. Steve Young says it doesn’t matter how capable you think you are — the best thing is to call the police.

Police say the older man suffered injuries to his face, including a cut above the eye, during the attack.

Witnesses jumped in to help, collaring the assailant before police arrived.

Officers later seized a bag of marijuana.

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with assault causing bodily harm, mischief under $5,000, and possession of a controlled substance.

The attack has angered some Edmonton seniors.

“The biggest problem here is the punks and hoodlums and the young guys anywhere from 14 to 17,”said Ed Stoll, 75.

“They don’t care if they kill somebody.”