Apr 15 2010
Violent Fort Langley home invasion puts man in hospital

 
 
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Langley RCMP say a Fort Langley man was brutally beaten during a home invasion earlier this month.

By Monique Tamminga
A prolific offender is behind bars and a 52-year-old man is in hospital for injuries he sustained when he was beaten with a baseball bat and robbed in an April 6 home invasion.
Luckily, police were able to surround the man’s Fort Langley home and stop the robbery and beating, but not before one culprit threw a hunting knife at an officer.
Around 4 a.m., the victim woke when he heard the door of his home being kicked in. He emerged from his bedroom and was attacked, said police. 
Around 4:20 a.m., police arrived at the home in the 23000 block of 96 Avenue after receiving a 911 call of a robbery in progress.
Officers could hear yelling from inside the house and what sounded like items being thrown at a window. 
As the officers positioned themselves around the house, a man holding a baseball bat exited the back door. 
An officer ordered him to raise his hands. The suspect dropped the bat on the ground and as he was backing away from the officer, he threw a large sheathed hunting knife at the Mountie, said police.
The suspect attempted to run, but was stopped by another officer. 
A struggle ensued, requiring four police officers to restrain and handcuff the suspect who is identified by police as Matthew Sherwin.  During a search of Sherwin, property from inside the home was seized.
Police rushed inside the home to find the victim suffering from extensive injuries to his head, arm and leg, said police spokesperson Cpl. Holly Marks.  He was taken to hospital by ambulance.
“The victim continues to suffer from injuries sustained that day and recently returned to the hospital,” said Marks.
There are no criminal circumstances around the home owner who is the innocent victim of a violent robbery, said police. The investigation is ongoing so further details about this
home invasion won’t be revealed at this time.
Sherwin, 23, of Langley has been charged with aggravated assault, assault with intent to resist arrest, break and enter and possession of stolen property. He remains behind bars until his next court appearance on May 4.
According to court services, Sherwin has an extensive criminal record and is accused or has been convicted in numerous crimes since 2006. He was in court on unrelated charges in March.


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