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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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."
An unidentified passenger pulled the suspect away from the victim, while the victims husband pressed the trains yellow emergency strip to alert authorities.
"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 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.
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 suspect in an alleged hate crime onboard a SkyTrain is seen in these images provided by Transit Police.
Transit Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a disturbing attack on two SkyTrain passengers who were allegedly targeted for being gay. 1