Man found guilty in Surrey party bus brawl

Man found guilty in Surrey party bus brawl

Emmannuel Dario convicted of aggravated assault in 2012 Cloverdale fight.

A man involved in a brawl with a busload of recent high school graduates in 2012 was convicted on two of four charges late last month.

In a jury trial in Supreme Court in New Westminster, Emmannuel Dario was found guilty of two counts of aggravated assault, and not guilty of assault with a weapon and a third count of aggravated assault.

The charges stemmed from an incident behind a gas station on the corner of Highway 10 and 176 Street.

At the time, police said the fight occurred when a chartered party-type bus carrying about 50 men and women in their late teens – many of whom had been drinking – stopped at a gas station in Cloverdale. Dario and a friend were driving through the area at the same time and a confrontation erupted.

Dario’s windows were reportedly smashed, bear spray was used and Dario was slashed across the chest before retaliating, hitting three people with a two-by-four and causing serious injuries.

“This confrontation quickly escalated violently and was fueled by a toxic mix of alcohol, testosterone, and poor judgment,” said RCMP Sgt. Drew Grainger at the time.

Dario’s sentencing is scheduled for March 5.