Police are investigating the events that left a man with cuts and bruises on his head.
At about 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning (Feb. 28), police attended a call outside the 7-11 at the corner of Nicola Avenue and Voght Street where a man told them he had been assaulted and robbed.
RCMP Sgt. Norm Flemming told the Herald the man was heavily intoxicated and said he had been thrown down a flight of stairs and beaten up by some assailants who also took his wallet.
“We found his wallet in the middle of Nicola Avenue, and we have yet to be able to confirm the entirety of these circumstances other than he may well have fallen down a set of stairs,” Flemming said.
The wallet was found with much of its contents still in it.
“He said he only had about 10 bucks on him, and the wallet had credit cards and everything in it,” Flemming said, noting there wasn’t $10 inside when they found it.
The man was taken to hospital to be treated for his injuries.
Police are following up with the man to see if he can recollect more of the night in question, Flemming said.
“It’s an open investigation, but not one that we’re pursuing as a priority robbery file because there’s really not very much to support that that occurred,” he said.
Anyone with information on this file can call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or the Merritt RCMP.