Metro Vancouver Transit Police are “very concerned” with the violence displayed by a suspect who allegedly committed two robberies and choked the victims unconscious in both instances.
In a release, transit police say the first incident took place on August 18 at approximately 12:15 am. The suspect reportedly befriended a 45-year-old man who was onboard a bus to Marine Drive Canada Station.
The suspect followed him off the bus to an unknown location near the station and asked for a cigarette.
When the victim refused, the suspect walked away and returned to tackle the victim, placing him in a headlock until he was unconsciousness.
When the victim regained consciousness, the suspect demanded he buy him a drink at the station. The victim complied and when he entered the store, the suspect took off with his phone and boarded a Canada Line Train.
The second incident took place on August 30 at approximately 11:45 pm. The suspect struck up a conversation with a 26-year-old man as he entered Stadium SkyTrain Station.
The victim felt unsafe and tried to get away, but the suspect allegedly grabbed him and placed him in a headlock until he was unconscious. The suspect stole the victim’s wallet and his credit card was used to make a $400 purchase from a convenience store.
The suspect is described as:
- A Caucasian or Indigenous male in his late 30s
- Approximately 5’8″ to 5’10” with a stocky build
- Has short brown hair
In both encounters, the suspect had a pair of white-framed glasses with reflective lenses worn propped on his head.
“Transit Police are very concerned by the level of violence this suspect is willing to use,” said authorities in a statement.
Anyone with information about the identity of this suspect, or who witnessed this incident, is asked to contact Transit Police tip-line at 604-516-7419 or text us using code 87-77-77 and refer to file 2019-15236.
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