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Baseball bat hugs beat teens

Boys were attacked in broad daylight

Police are hunting a gang of baseball bat-wielding thugs who beat up two teenagers on their bikes in broad daylight.

Moments before the apparently unprovoked attack in residential south Richmond, the 15year-olds had been cycling home from playing basketball at South Arm Community Centre.

But at around 3 p.m. Sunday, while traveling along Ash Street near the Williams Road intersection, the pair were struck and knocked off their bikes by what is thought to be a black Honda Civic with tinted windows and an N decal.

Before they could get up, three males aged around 20 - two of East Indian descent and one Caucasian - jumped out of the car and set about the stricken pair with baseball bats.

The boys were then left beaten and shaken at the side of the road as the suspects - none of whom the victims reportedly knew or had seen before - fled in their car.

It's thought that a resident in the area called the police. By the time they arrived, however, the suspects were gone.

"We were dispatched to a report of an assault in progress in the 9600 block of Ash Street," Richmond RCMP's Cpl. Sherrdean Turley said in an email.

"At this time, it does appear to be an unprovoked attack.

"Both 15-year-olds are Richmond residents and they sustained non life-threatening injuries."

The boys were treated at the scene by emergency services before being taken to hospital for further treatment.

The RCMP's police dog services unit scoured the area for evidence and a neighborhood inquiry was conducted by investigators.

"The investigation is continuing and at this time we'd like to ask that the people responsible do the right thing and turn themselves in to police," Turley added.

"We'd also like to ask witnesses or anyone that has information about this incident to please call us at 6042781212."