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Man charged after violent attack on SkyTrain attendant in New Westminster

Incident occurred at Braid station
Glacier Media file photo

A 29-year-old man is in custody following a violent attack on a SkyTrain attendant in New Westminster.

On July 25 at approximately 7:10 a.m., a man followed a SkyTrain attendant at Braid Station in New West as she went into an employee crew room, said Transit Police in a news release. He allegedly positioned himself directly outside the door and began rubbing his genitals.

“When the SkyTrain attendant opened the office door a short time later, the man quickly forced the door open and entered the crew room,” said a news release. “The suspect allegedly punched the SkyTrain attendant in the stomach before shoving her to the ground. The SkyTrain attendant fought her attacker as he attempted to pull her to the ground, punching her in the head and pulling her hair. She was eventually able to open the crew room door, with the suspect still trying to drag her back in, before she was finally able to free herself from him.”

Transit Police said officers were on scene within minutes and arrested the suspect who was attempting to leave the station.

“I commend this employee for her bravery in fending off a violent attack,” said Transit Police Sgt. Clint Hampton, in the release. “Everyone has the right to feel safe while on the transit system, including the frontline employees who look after the safety of others and keep the system moving. Transit Police encourages everyone to be our eyes and ears. Text Transit Police at 87.77.77, or call 911 in an emergency, if you are worried about the safety of transit staff during your transit journey.”

A Surrey man now faces charges of assault with a weapon, but more have been recommended.