Two teenagers are facing charges of assault after they attacked an elderly Indo-Canadian Sikh couple early this week, even as police continues to investigate what they suspect was a racially motivated attack.
The teenagers were arrested shortly after the group of four attacked Gurmit Singh Tiwana, 79, and his wife Surjit Kaur, 72, while they were walking near their home in Abbotsford on Tuesday night. The other two have still not been arrested.
The youth threw rocks and shouted racial slurs at the couple, the Abbotsford police spokesperson said.
Singh said he is still trying to deal with the shock of the violent attack, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported.
The two teenagers aged 14 and 18 face charges of assault causing bodily harm and uttering threats.
"This was something unimaginable," a visibly shaken Singh said, noting nothing like this had happened before in his 25 years in Canada.
He also said he hopes the incident doesn't drive a wedge between the Indo-Canadian community and others living in the Fraser Valley city.