Po­lice seek help to ID sus­pect in ap­par­ent Sky­Train hate crime

The Province - - NEWS - JOANNE LEE-YOUNG jlee-young@post­media.com

Tran­sit po­lice are ask­ing for help in iden­ti­fy­ing the sus­pect in an ap­par­ent hate-crime in­ci­dent and have re­leased a video of him.

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. As they boarded, “an­other man kicked the foot of one of the young men and then left his seat to 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 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.

The sus­pect is de­scribed as Cau­casian, 30 to 40 years old, 6-foot-3 to 6-foot-4, with a strong but not mus­cu­lar build. He had sev­eral days of stub­ble growth on a longer face and was wear­ing red Nike shoes, a black base­ball cap, dark­hooded jacket, and black shorts.

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