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Justin Bieber allegedly involved in altercation at laser tag facility

posted 18 Oct 2010, 14:50 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 18 Oct 2010, 14:52 ]

Media reports link teen popstar Justin Bieber to an alleged altercation involving a 12-year-old boy at a British Columbia laser tag facility.

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA (OCTOBER 17, 2010) CBC - Canadian pop icon Justin Bieber was allegedly involved in an altercation at a laser tag facility outside of Vancouver, British Columbia on Friday (October 15), according to media reports.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are investigating an incident in which a 12-year-old boy sustained minor injuries after he was allegedly assaulted by another boy at the Planet Lazer Entertainment Centre in Richmond, Canada.

"Friday afternoon at about 5.30 p.m. a 12-year-old boy was allegedly assaulted by another boy at a local entertainment facility in Richmond. A couple of hours later, the boy's father reported the incident to Richmond RCMP. The boy sustained minimal injury as a result of the incident and we are just continuing our investigation," Corporal Annie Linteau of RCMP said in an interview with CBC on Sunday (October 17).

Local media has reported that teen idol and pop-R&B singer Bieber allegedly is the boy who hit the 12-year-old.

Corporal Linteau said she was aware of the media reports but would not comment on any of the parties involved.

"I am aware of the media reports around a particular individual as possibly being the suspect in this incident; however, we are not in a position to discuss the identity of any of the parties involved," she said.

Beiber, aged 16, originally comes from Stratford, Ontario and, according to The Vancouver Sun, had arrived in Vancouver on Thursday (October 14).

Linteau said RCMP was investigating the alleged incident, adding the provincial prosecutors would decide whether there was enough evidence to charge an individual.

"The responsibility of the police is to investigate any reports that we get and really, ultimately, it is up to Crown Counsel to determine whether or not charges can be laid," she said.

Despite Bieber's alleged involvement in the incident, some fans in Vancouver said their loyalty to the pop star would not change.

Fans Avera Turjill and Chelsea Hill traveled from Prince George, British Columbia to see Bieber perform at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Tuesday (October 19).

"He is an amazing person," Turjill said.

"I would still like him even if it was true," her friend Hill added.