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Charges laid in 2020 assault of autistic teen in Richmond

Last Updated Jun 24, 2021 at 2:59 pm PDT

An 18-year-old autistic boy suffered cuts to his face and a concussion after being punched while playing basketball at Richmond secondary. (Courtesy Richmond RCMP)

Teen with autism was left with cuts to his face, one splitting his upper lip

The 18-year-old victim was left with a concussion after the alleged attack in Richmond

RICHMOND (NEWS 1130) – A man has been charged, nearly a year after an autistic teenager was punched in the face and suffered a concussion in Richmond.

The 18-year-old victim was playing basketball with a group of people at Richmond Secondary School on Aug. 21, 2020 when the alleged attack happened.

Two witnesses described the severity of the teen’s injuries to officers, who later tracked the victim down in hospital. The teen suffered cuts to his face, one splitting his upper lip.

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“Speaking to the victim’s father it’s evident the profound impact this incident has had on their family,” Cpl. Adriana O’Malley said.

“It’s very hard for any parent to find your child like that,” Harris First, the teen’s father, said last year.

“When your child has autism on top of it and doesn’t understand a lot of things that are happening … I can’t understand what could upset someone so much.”


Dominic Rallon Jao, 21, has been charged with assault causing bodily harm. Jao lives in Ontario.