Man arrested after alleged robbery and assault of woman near SkyTrain station

Dec 6 2019, 5:07 pm

A 41-year-old man has been charged after a woman was allegedly robbed near a SkyTrain station in Surrey last month, Metro Vancouver Transit Police said this week.

According to Transit Police Sgt. Clint Hampton, the incident took place on November 27, around 5:40 pm, when the woman was walking past King George station.

“She was approached by a man who allegedly attempted to steal her phone out of her hand,” said Hampton. “A struggle ensued and the man allegedly threw her to the ground, got on top of her, and grabbed the phone from her hands.”

The man then reportedly got up and left the scene, and the woman began to follow him. At that point, “he allegedly shoved her into the bushes before fleeing.”

Fortunately, said Hampton, “a couple of good Samaritans [stayed] around to attend to her aid and [hung] around to speak with police.”

Later that evening, Surrey RCMP were attending to another call on an unrelated matter, when they discovered the suspect they were dealing with was the same person who had allegedly robbed the woman near the SkyTrain station.

The suspect was identified as 41-year-old Aaron Sutherland of no fixed address, and who Hampton said is “well-known” to police.

Sutherland was arrested and charged with one count of robbery and is scheduled to appear in Surrey Provincial Court on December 11.