Metro Vancouver Transit Policesay they have arrested a 51-year-old man in connection with an alleged attack on a woman, who was punched multiple times, while on the SkyTrain.
Multiple charges are pending.
At approximately 7:50 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, a young woman boarded a SkyTrain at Waterfront Station, said Transit Police, and was approached by a man on the same train, “who had been staring at her.”
When she asked the man if something was wrong, he allegedly started yelling at her: “You people are why my daughter is sick,” said a news release.
“The man then grabbed the woman’s bag and without warning, allegedly punched the woman in the face multiple times. He then grabbed her by the hair and back of the head, violently hitting her head against the SkyTrain seating. When the SkyTrain stopped at Burrard Station, the suspect pushed the victim through the open SkyTrain doors and grabbed her cell phone. As the victim yelled out for help, she was quickly helped by two Good Samaritans who were able to retrieve her bag from the suspect. The suspect allegedly threw the victim’s phone against the wall, causing it to break. He remained on the train, eventually getting off at King George SkyTrain Station.”
The victim suffered a cut above her eye, a bloody nose and significant swelling to her face.
Transit Police released a photo of a suspect and a video.
Anyone with information about the identity of this suspect, or who witnessed this incident, is asked to contact Transit Police tipline at 604-516-7419 or text us using code 87-77-77 and refer to file 2020-8309.
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This story was originally published on April 29, 2020 and has since been updated with new information