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26-year-old arrested after allegedly threatening SeaBus passengers with a knife

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Eric Zimmer May 15, 2019 1:58 pm

A 26-year-old man has been arrested and charged following an incident on the SeaBus, recently.

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According to Transit Police Sgt. Clint Hampton, the incident took place on May 7, and began with “a man playing loud music onboard the SeaBus, as he was headed over from Lonsdale to Waterfront.”

Hampton said as the SeaBus pulled into Waterfront Station, the man was approached by another person “who asked the man to turn down his music or to wear some headphones.”

Hampton said this resulted in an argument.

A second person intervened in the situation, which resulted in the suspect allegedly pulling out a knife and “waving it towards the two victims, telling them, ‘what if I put this in your ribs, how do you think that’s going to feel?’ Telling the victims that he was going to throw them in the inlet,” said Hampton.

At that point, a witness to the scene contacted Transit Police, and as it happened, “officers who were at Waterfront Station completing patrols were able to respond immediately and place the man under arrest,” said Hampton.

Now, the suspect – who police have identified as North Vancouver resident Oliver Thomas – has been charged with Uttering Threats and Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose.

“Special thanks to the witness for their quick thinking in contacting Metro Vancouver Transit Police,” said Hampton.

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