A Langley woman trying to help a homeless man was violently assaulted for her efforts.
Police say the woman offered the man a place to shower and store his things but then became “fearful” of the man, so she moved his things outside her home.
That’s when the man returned to her Willoughby area home and became enraged, grabbing the woman by the throat and hitting her head into the wall.
Langley RCMP are looking for help identifying the man pictured above, who they say is a person of interest in the violent assault.
Play it safe
Do reach out to those in need, but don’t take risks with your safety; that’s the message from one homeless advocate.
“People who want to help should exercise the same caution they would with any stranger. Get to know someone before putting yourself in a vulnerable position. Get to know their temperament, use the same precautions you would with strangers on the street or anyone you met for the first time.”
Hunka says it’s clear the victim was acting from compassion, but that there are safer ways to lend a hand.
“You can in the mean time volunteer or donate for an organization that specializes in caring for people who are on the street, you can donate to those organizations each one and in their own community.”
He adds buying someone a meal, or even just stopping to talk and connect with someone on a human level can help.