Vancouver Police arrest suspect in coffee shop stabbing; “accused of stabbing a Mexican tourist inside a downtown Tim Hortons”

Vancouver, BC – The man accused of stabbing a Mexican tourist inside a downtown Tim Hortons has been arrested by Vancouver Police following a dynamic three-day investigation.

David Richard Morin, 27, was taken into custody near Granville and Helmcken streets shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday by members of VPD’s Emergency Response Team.

“We’re relieved to have made an arrest so quickly in this troubling case, and hope this helps restore the sense of safety that some people have lost,” says Sergeant Steve Addison. “Everyone who came forward with information deserves credit for this quick arrest.”

Earlier this week, VPD released video of the stabbing, which occurred inside the Tim Hortons at Harbour Centre around 6:20 a.m. Saturday. The victim, a 25-year-old newcomer to Canada, is recovering from serious and life-threatening injuries.

David Richard Morin, 27, was taken into custody near Granville and Helmcken streets shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday by members of VPD’s Emergency Response Team.
David Richard Morin, 27, was taken into custody near Granville and Helmcken streets shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday by members of VPD’s Emergency Response Team.

“A number of people came forward with information after seeing the video, and thanks to help from the public, investigators identified a suspect from the Downtown Eastside,” adds Sergeant Addison. “VPD officers located the suspect walking in the downtown core Tuesday afternoon and took him into custody.”

Morin appeared in court Wednesday morning and has been charged with one count of aggravated assault. He remains in custody.

Vancouver Police Department

BACKGROUND

January 24, 2022

Vancouver – Vancouver Police have released video of another unprovoked stranger attack, which sent a 25-year-old man to hospital Saturday with life-threatening stab wounds.

“This disturbing incident has all the hallmarks of a random attack that came completely without warning, and we’re increasingly worried about the public’s safety,” says Sergeant Steve Addison. “We need anyone who witnessed this assault to come forward, and we urge anyone who recognizes the suspect to call police.”

Saturday’s attack occurred around 6:20 a.m. inside the Tim Hortons at Harbour Centre, near Seymour and West Hastings Street. The victim, a newcomer to Canada, was waiting in line when the suspect approached from behind and repeatedly stabbed him in the back and shoulder before running out of the store.

The victim suffered serious and life-threatening injuries, but was taken to hospital for treatment and is now expected to survive.

“We don’t know if there was a motive for this attack, and the fact that it appears random and unprovoked is extremely concerning,” says Sergeant Addison, adding the victim and suspect did not know each other and did not appear to have any significant interactions before the attack.

The suspect is a man in his 20s, about 6’2″, with short black hair and a slim build. He was wearing a grey hoodie that had a black hood and sleeves, grey and black stone-washed jeans, and black running shoes with white soles. The suspect also had a black and white facemask with a Crooks and Castles logo, and a black and grey backpack.

Saturday’s stabbing occurred just three days after VPD released security video showing the unprovoked attack on a 22-year-old woman outside Hotel Georgia on New Year’s Eve – an incident that re-ignited conversation about public safety in the downtown core in light of data that shows, on average, more than four people a day are victimized in unprovoked stranger assaults.

“We recognize these incidents cause significant anxiety and trepidation in the community,” adds Sergeant Addison. “However, it’s important that we talk about them so we can solve these crimes and people can make informed decisions about their personal safety.”

VPD’s Major Crimes Section is leading the investigation related to Saturday’s stabbing. Anyone with information is asked to call 604-717-2541.

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