Ar­rest made in SkyTrain at­tack on cou­ple

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

Tran­sit po­lice say they have ar­rested a sus­pect af­ter an ap­par­ent hate-crime in­ci­dent in late Septem­ber.

The ar­rest comes only a few hours af­ter po­lice re­leased a video of a man get­ting off the SkyTrain af­ter, po­lice al­lege, he as­saulted and ha­rassed two men who were on-board. Tran­sit po­lice said two young men got on the SkyTrain at Water­front Sta­tion at about 2:30 p.m. on Fri­day, Sept. 28.

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 (man) 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 at­tacker away from the vic­tim. 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 man tried to kick one of the men in the stom­ach, spat in the other’s face and con­tin­ued to hurl pro­fan­i­ties and ho­mo­pho­bic re­marks as he walked away.

Any­one with more in­for­ma­tion is asked to call the tip line at 604-516-7419 or text 87-7777, cit­ing file No. 2018-17964.

A sus­pect was ar­rested shortly af­ter this im­age of a man ac­cused in an at­tack was re­leased by po­lice.

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