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Man who violently assaulted tattoo artist involved in clothing store attack

DH Vancouver Staff Mar 28, 2014 5:31 pm

A man has been charged with assault following an attack at a Granville Street clothing store. The suspect was identified following the release of images from a March 24 assault at the Looks Wow Tattoo Parlour in International Village Mall.

On Thursday, March 20 around 5 p.m., a man walked into the Millennium Clothing Store located at Granville and Davie Street. An employee behind the counter recognized the man as a suspect in a theft from the Gastown Tattoo Parlour located at East Cordova and Abbott Street on March 16. The employee approached the man and asked him to leave the store. He allegedly responded by threatening the employee and punching him in the face.

The suspect left the store and the victim called police. The victim made his way to a local hospital where he received stitches to close a gash on his chin.

Working from a suspect description and the possible name of a suspect, police began their search for the assailant.

On March 25th, the suspect was identified after images of an assault at the Looks Wow Tattoo Parlor revealed similarities between the two suspects.

Around 6 a.m. this morning, 31-year-old Byron Thomas Hobbs was arrested for one count of assault causing bodily harm and one count of uttering threats. Hobbs remains in police custody pending a future court appearance that has yet to be determined.

The investigation into the alleged March 16 theft from the Gastown Tattoo Parlour remains ongoing.

Source: Vancouver Police Department

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