RNC Chief Robert Johnston has had a lot of disturbing cases come across his desk over the years but he told reporters on Monday that even he was surprised by an incident at Mount Pearl Square over the weekend.
“I’m here today to talk about this incident as a chief of police and as a parent,” said Johnston.
“I’m appalled by what had taken place with this person with disabilities. This vulnerable person in our community,” he said.
“All of us, we have a responsibility to protect the most vulnerable in our community.”
For the full story pick up a copy of Tuesday's Telegram.
The RNC confirmed today that five young people have been arrested in connection with an assault and robbery on Friday.
The youths range in age from 14 to 17 and consist of two males and three females.
According to the RNC, the group allegedly lured a 24-year-old male, who has a physical disability, away from the parking lot at Sobey's Square (now Mount Pearl Square), in Mount Pearl. The victim was led into a wooded area where the group jumped him. He was assaulted and his valuables were taken.
The victim went to a nearby store for help and called the RNC. He was later treated in hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
All of the suspects have been charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and robbery with violence. One of the females was also charged with breaching two court orders.
All five have ben remanded into custody and will appear again in youth court on Monday.
The RNC is asking anyone with information regarding this case to come forward. Anyone who might have been in the area at the time is also asked to contact the police. Information can be passed along by calling the RNC Major Crime Unit at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be submitted online at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.