A man who allegedly threatened a mother and her daughter while on the Canada Line Tuesday afternoon was arrested by transit police and will appear in court in connection with the incident.
According to Metro Vancouver Transit Police Const. Mike Yake, the incident took place at approximately 12:30 pm.
Yake told Daily Hive the mother and her young daughter were onboard a Canada Line train that was heading in the direction of King Edward Station.
While they were on the train, “a man who was unknown to the mother kept trying to speak to the daughter, and at one point, he allegedly made hand gestures in a manner consistent with trying to get the child to come toward him,” said Yake.
The mother confronted the man and asked him to leave her daughter alone.
In response, Yake said, the suspect “then allegedly stated words to the effect of ‘do you want to get punched out?'”
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Once the train arrived at King Edward, the suspect, mother, and daughter exited the train, and at that point, “the suspect dropped to his knees and begged the mother not to call the police.”
He then got back to his feet and boarded another train heading towards Broadway-City Hall Station, where he disembarked.
At that point, the VPD “was able to assist and locate the suspect and hand custody over to the Metro Vancouver Transit Police,” said Yake.
The suspect was arrested for Uttering Threats and was released on an Appearance Notice with a September 2020 court date, he added.