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Vancouver man arrested, charged in downtown coffee shop stabbing

The man is charged in the stabbing of a Mexican tourist
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David Richard Morin was arrested and charged by Vancouver police for stabbing a Mexican tourist in a Tim Horton's Jan. 22.

A 27-year-old-man has been arrested by the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) for allegedly stabbing a man inside a downtown business.

The incident happened around 6:20 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Tim Hortons at the Harbour Centre when a Mexican tourist entered the coffee shop. As he was putting on his jacket he was attacked by another man already in the shop who stabbed him repeatedly.

Police called it a random attack.

On Monday, Jan. 24 the VPD released security camera footage of the attack in the hopes the public would recognize the man.

“A number of people came forward with information after seeing the video, and thanks to help from the public, investigators identified a suspect from the Downtown Eastside,” says Sgt. Steve Addison in a press release. “VPD officers located the suspect walking in the downtown core Tuesday afternoon and took him into custody.”

David Richard Morin was arrested by the Emergency Response Team near Granville and Helmcken Streets around 4 p.m. Tuesday. He's being charged with aggravated assault and remains in custody at this time.

“We’re relieved to have made an arrest so quickly in this troubling case, and hope this helps restore the sense of safety that some people have lost,” says Addison. “Everyone who came forward with information deserves credit for this quick arrest.”

The 25-year-old victim is recovering from life-threatening injuries in the hospital.