Langley mall assault leads to arrest of known criminal

Wade Corey Bryant, also known as Wade McDonald, 33, was arrested in Langley last week. He got out of jail four months ago.

  • Apr. 23, 2015 10:00 a.m.

A man well known to Langley police and B.C. jails for various violent crimes has been arrested again.

This time, he is accused of assaulting a stranger at Willowbrook Shopping Centre.

Wade Corey Bryant, also known as Wade McDonald, 33, was arrested in Langley last week.

He is currently in custody, charged with assault causing bodily harm. The incident took place April 2. His co-accused Allen Jeremy Mackenzie is charged with assault causing bodily harm. Bryant is being held in jail until his next appearance on April 27.

Langley RCMP say the victim was approached by a man who appeared confrontational. The two men exchanged words and a second assailant became involved in the altercation.

Witnesses called 911 because the altercation carried on for some time. Eventually, the victim was knocked to the ground and allegedly kicked by both male aggressors, said police.

Bryant was released from jail in December after serving a portion of his 15-month sentence for obstructing justice. He pleaded guilty to the crime, which involved obstructing justice during his trial for beating a man with a bat at the Artful Dodger in 2011.

His co-accused Robert Wright, a career criminal, also pleaded guilty to obstructing justice.

For the bat attack on a 19-year-old Langley man outside the Artful Dodger in September 2011, Bryant was given an 18-month jail sentence last February.

In that crime, the victim and his friends didn’t know Bryant. They were at the pub to shoot pool.

Bryant came at the stranger’s vehicle with a bat and the man got out.

The victim was hit in the head with a bat, which caused a brain injury. When the victim was rushed to hospital, he was put in a drug-induced coma.

The victim had to learn how to talk, eat and walk again.