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Video: Man allegedly punches woman 'several times in the head' on Vancouver bus

Police describe the incident as a "shocking, unprovoked attack."

The Metro Vancouver Transit Police (MVTP) is asking the public to help locate a man who allegedly assaulted a woman on a TransLink bus. 

On June 20 around 7:30 p.m., a woman was sitting on a bus travelling north on Main Street in Vancouver when the suspect boarded at Marine Drive. The man, who she didn't know, "sat several seats away" from her, explains a news release. 

After the bus left the stop, the suspect stood up and "aggressively approached the woman," standing "inches from her face," and allegedly shaking his fist and "threatening to punch her."

As the suspect paced back and forth, the woman informed the bus operator about the situation. When the bus stopped, however, the suspect approached her while she was talking to the bus driver. 

"Then, without provocation, allegedly punched her in the head and face several times, causing her to fall to the ground," say police.

The suspect is described as a black male, 30 to 50 years of age, 6 feet tall, with a slim build and short black hair.

He was last seen exiting the bus at Main Street and 64th Avenue wearing a light brown pullover, dark-coloured pants, and black runners.

“Fortunately the victim did not sustain any serious physical injuries in this shocking, unprovoked attack," said MVTP Cnst. Amanda Steed.

"Everyone has the right to arrive at their transit destination safely, and without the fear of harassment or assault. We are reaching out to the public with the hope that someone recognizes this suspect.”

Anyone with any information about this assault or any other incident on transit is asked to contact Transit Police by phone at 604.515.8300 or by text at 87.77.77.  Always call 9-1-1 in an emergency.

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