VPD arrests suspect in bus stop attack

Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Police have arrested a person of interest today following a disturbing attack on a woman at a bus stop in East Vancouver.

“An alert security guard at Pacific Centre Mall recognized the suspect from yesterday’s media release and called police immediately,” says Constable Tania Visintin, VPD.

Yesterday, a 22-year-old woman was approached by a man while waiting for a bus near Knight Street and East 57th Avenue. The man propositioned her for sex, and when she declined, he kicked her from behind and knocked her to the ground.

The 21-year-old suspect remains in custody at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

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7 OCTOBER 2021

VPD warns public after woman attacked at bus stop

Vancouver – Vancouver Police are investigating a disturbing attack on a woman, who was sexually propositioned by a stranger, then kicked to the ground, Tuesday afternoon in East Vancouver.

“The violent and sexual nature of this incident has us very concerned for public safety,” says Sergeant Steve Addison. “We’re telling the public about this case, because we’re worried someone else could get hurt.”

The victim, a 22-year-old South Vancouver resident, was waiting at a bus stop near Knight Street and East 57 Avenue on October 5, when she was approached by a stranger in a red puffy jacket with a fur-lined hood. The man showed the woman a condom and a pornographic image on his phone before propositioning her for sex. When the woman refused and walked away, the man kicked her from behind and knocked her to the ground.

The victim was not seriously injured. She was able to get up and run away from the suspect, who also fled.

VPD investigators have obtained security footage of a suspect from a nearby business, and ask anyone who recognizes him to call police.

The suspect is an Asian man in his 20s, with a small build and short, dark hair. He was wearing a red ski jacket, a white hoodie, red pleather pants, and Air Force 1 basketball shoes. He also had a black and red camouflage backpack.

Anyone with information is asked to call VPD’s Sex Crimes Unit at 604-717-0600.

Vancouver Police Department



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