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Suspect arrested, charged in random attack on woman in downtown Vancouver

The attack took place on New Year's Eve in downtown Vancouver
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A video caught a man randomly attacking a woman in Vancouver on Dec. 31, 2021.

Vancouver police have arrested a man for his alleged role in a New Year's Eve assault in downtown Vancouver.

The incident, which was caught on camera, occurred around 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 near the Rosewood Hotel Georgia on West Georgia Street. A 22-year-old woman was walking down the sidewalk when a man, who was walking past her, turned and lunged at her.

The video clip shows the man grabbing the woman and throwing her against the hotel.

On Jan. 19 police released the video in hopes someone would recognize him and come forward. It seems that worked.

“This incident shocked the community and resulted in a number of people coming forward with information, after VPD released security video last week,” says Const. Tania Visintin in a press release. “Our investigators have worked through those tips and identified a suspect, who was arrested downtown early this morning.”

The man has been identified as Steven Forbes. Forbes, 50, has been charged with one count of assault and will remain in police custody until his next court appearance.