Vancouver Police (VPD) are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in a serious assault earlier this month, that resulted in one man being pushed into oncoming traffic.
According to police, the incident took place just before 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, after two men left who had left a concert at the PNE Amphitheatre were walking on the north sidewalk of East Hastings Street near Windermere Street, and stopped briefly to check on the well-being of a young woman who appeared intoxicated.
“The woman said she was fine, so the two men continued walking,” said police. “Seconds later, they were confronted by an agitated man who had been walking behind the woman.”
The man allegedly ran toward the men and deliberately pushed one of them, a 37-year-old Surrey man, into traffic on East Hastings.
The victim was struck and driven over by a white SUV that was travelling west on East Hastings. Unsure of what had happened, the driver pulled over and waited for officers to arrive.
Attempts were made by witnesses to hold the suspect for police, but he and the female, believed to be his friend, ran away prior to law enforcement arriving on scene.
The victim is still recovering from serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.
“We have obtained dash-cam video from the SUV involved in the collision,” said VPD Const. Jason Doucette. “We are asking the suspect to turn himself in, but if he doesn’t, we are confident that someone will come forward to identity him and his friend.”
The suspect is described as a Caucasian man in his mid-20s, 6’to 6’2” tall, with a heavy athletic build. He has short dark hair, dark stubble on his face, and was wearing a black crew-neck t-shirt and dark shorts.
The woman is described as Asian, 20 to 25-years-old, 5’2” to 5’4” tall, with a slim build. She has medium length black hair and was wearing a white tank-top or a sundress.
Police are asking anyone with information about the suspect or his female friend, or who may have witnessed the assault and has not spoken with police, to call detectives at 604-717-2541, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or leave a tip online.