Suspect arrested after same-sex couple assaulted on Vancouver train

Suspect arrested after same-sex couple assaulted on Vancouver train
Gay couple hit, spat on in alleged SkyTrain hate crime: Transit Police
The suspect in an apparent hate crime is described as a Caucasian male, 30 to 40 years, 6 foot 3 inches to 6 foot four inches tall with a strong, but not muscular build.

Transit police have arrested a suspect in an apparent hate-crime incident that occurred in late September. A video was released of him getting off the SkyTrain after allegedly assaulting and harassing two men who were on-board.

Another unidentified passenger pulled this suspect away from the victim, while the victim’s husband pushed the yellow emergency strip on the train. Police say the suspect became aggressive toward the victim again. There was a further altercation in which police say the suspect hit the husband in the face, knocking off his glasses.

Man arrested in connection with alleged SkyTrain attack

Two young men got on the SkyTrain at Waterfront Station in Downtown Vancouver at about 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, according to a statement from Metro Vancouver Transit Police.

Police say around 2:30 p.m. that Friday, two young men, a same-sex married couple, boarded a SkyTrain at Waterfront Station. As the couple boarded the train, a man kicked the foot of one of the young men, police say. The situation escalated into an alleged altercation that left the young couple with minor injuries, police say.

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As they boarded, “another man kicked the foot of one of the young men and then left his seat to aggressively approach him. The victim crouched down in fear as the suspect raised his hand as if to hit him, while yelling obscenities and homophobic insults.”

The victim’s husband pushed the yellow emergency strip on the train as an unidentified passenger pulled the suspect away from the victim.

Transit Police are seeking help identifying this man wanted in connection with an apparent hate crime aboard SkyTrain. Metro Vancouver Transit Police handout

The young victims were kicked, hit in the face and spat on by a man yelling obscenities and homophobic slurs on Sept. 28, according to a police statement. Officers say they are liaising with the provincial hate crime unit as the investigation moves forward.

Vancouver transit police looking for suspect in alleged hate crime

As the suspect again got aggressive toward the victim, the husband of the victim grabbed the suspect and pulled him away. The suspect then hit the husband in the face, knocking off his glasses, according to police.

The couple boarded the train at Waterfront Station at about 2:30 p.m. on the day of the attack, police say. As they stepped inside, a suspect allegedly kicked one of them in the foot, then got up from his seat and approached the victim aggressively.

As the train pulled into Granville SkyTrain Station, police said the suspect tried to kick one of the men in the stomach, spat in the other’s face and continued to hurl profanities and homophobic remarks toward the couple as he walked away.

Transit police have liaised with the B.C. Hate Crimes Unit on the case. Anyone with more information, or who may have witnessed this incident, is still asked to call the tip line at 604-516-7419 or text 87-77-77, citing reference File No. 2018-17964.

When the train pulled into Granville Station, the suspect allegedly tried to kick one of the men in the stomach, stepped off the train and then spat in the other man's face.

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Transit Police are asking for the publics help to identify a suspect in what theyre calling a violent hate crime targeting a same-sex couple on a SkyTrain.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian man, 30 to 40 years old, 6’3″ to 6’4″ tall, with strong – but not muscular – build, with “several days” of stubble growth on a longer face.

In a statement issued Wednesday, authorities said two men were boarding a train at Waterfront Station at around 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 28.

Transit Police are asking for the publics assistance in identifying the suspect in an incident where two men were assaulted and harassed onboard a SkyTrain, in what police are describing as an apparent hate crime.

"As they entered the train, another man kicked the foot of one of the young men and then left his seat to aggressively approach him," the release read. "The victim crouched down in fear as the suspect raised his hand as if to hit him, while yelling obscenities and homophobic slurs."

“As the suspect again became aggressive toward the victim, his husband grabbed him and pulled him away,” said police. “The suspect then hit the husband in the face, knocking off his glasses.”

An unidentified passenger pulled the suspect away from the victim, while the victims husband pressed the trains yellow emergency strip to alert authorities.

“That suspect jumped out of his seat and approached the victim aggressively,” Sgt. Clint Hampton said. “The victim actually crouched down in fear of the suspect, in an attempt to protect himself. The male then made a fist, as though he was going to punch the victim. He was yelling obscenities and homophobic insults.”

"As the suspect again became aggressive towards the victim, his husband grabbed him and pulled him away," police said. "The suspect then hit the husband in the face, knocking off his glasses."

“At that point in time, the suspect actually became aggressive again. He went toward the victim a second time. In this instance, the victim’s husband stepped between the two. The victim’s husband was punched in the face, knocking his glasses off.”

Investigators allege the suspect tried to kick one of the men in the stomach as the train approached Granville Station and spat in the other victims face as he stepped off the train.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 30s who is about 6’3″ tall. He has a strong, but not muscular build. He stubble on his face. He was wearing red Nike shoes, black baseball cap, dark hooded jacket, and black pants.

"The suspect continued to hurl profanities and homophobic remarks toward the couple as he walked away," police said.

“The time delay here was just the process of the investigation. There were steps taken to identify this individual, prior to going out with a media release,” Hampton said.

The suspect is described as a white man between 30 and 40 years old. According to police, he is about 6-3 or 6-4 with a strong, but not muscular build, and was wearing Nike shoes, a black baseball cap, a dark hooded jacket and black shorts. He has a longer face and had several days of stubble at the time of the incident.

Authorities have released two surveillance image of the suspect in hopes members of the public can help identify and locate him.

As the train pulled into Granville SkyTrain Station, the suspect tried to kick one of the men in the stomach and then stepped off the train and spat in the other mans face. He continued to shout profanities and homophobic insults at the couple as he walked away.

Transit Police investigators are working with the BC Hate Crimes Unit as they try to find the suspect.

Anyone with information that could help their search is asked to contact Transit Police at 604-516-7419 or text using the code 87.77.77 and refer to file number 2018-17964.

The victim crouched down in fear as the suspect raised his hand as if to hit him, while yelling obscenities and homophobic insults, Transit police said in a press release.

The suspect in an alleged hate crime onboard a SkyTrain is seen in these images provided by Transit Police.

The victim actually crouched down in fear of the suspect, in an attempt to protect himself. The male then made a fist, as though he was going to punch the victim. He was yelling obscenities and homophobic insults,” Sgt. Clint Hampton said.

Transit Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a disturbing attack on two SkyTrain passengers who were allegedly targeted for being gay. 1

It happened at about 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 when a couple was boarding the train. Another man kicked one of them in the foot, jumping out of their seat and approaching them aggressively, according to police.