Suspect in North Vancouver library stabbings had "violent" criminal record in Quebec

Mar 29 2021, 3:35 pm

New details have emerged about the man charged with second-degree murder in connection with the March 27 stabbings at a North Vancouver library.

At a press conference on Monday afternoon, investigators from the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) revealed that Yannick Bandaogo has a criminal record in Quebec with “a history of violence.”

IHIT’s Acting Officer-in-Charge, Inspector Michelle Tansey, said there are outstanding warrants for the 28-year-old in both Quebec and Winnipeg.

She did not specify when the warrants were issued or for what, but confirmed that Bandaogo was of no fixed address.

Investigators are still trying to determine when, and why, he came to the west coast, as there is no information tying him to North Vancouver.

The motive for Saturday’s attack is still unknown, although Tansey said investigators do not believe radicalization was a factor.

She confirmed that Bandaogo does not have links to any of the victims — five women and one man — who range in age from 22 to 78.

Bandaogo is accused of going on a violent rampage at the Lynn Valley Library on Saturday afternoon and stabbing seven people before police arrested him.

One woman has died, and another has been left with “life changing” injuries as a result of the attack, which Tansey called a “profound and tragic incident.”

She said the name of the woman who died would not be released, as it served no purpose in furthering the investigation.

IHIT has interviewed the six surviving victims and over 50 witnesses. Investigators are now combing through a “vast amount” of video evidence.

“This is a deeply profound and tragic incident that has shaken all of us,” Tansey said.

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