According to police, the incident began around 8:30 pm on June 25, when officers received a report of a man smashing bottles at the Granville SkyTrain Station.
The suspect then made his way to Stadium SkyTrain Station where he allegedly became involved in a fight with another man.
It was at this point that bystanders stepped in to assist, which allowed the first man to leave.
However, two of the bystanders were allegedly punched in the face by the suspect.
Two Transit Police officers on patrol in the area responded to the situation and attempted to arrest the “clearly agitated” suspect.
A “violent struggle” then ensued during which one of the officers was pushed into a large piece of Plexiglas and thrown to the ground, banging her head on the glass and the floor.
The second officer continued the struggle, injuring his shoulder. Additional officers arrived on the scene and the suspect was subdued and placed under arrest.
The two officers were transported to hospital where one was treated for a concussion and the other for a shoulder injury. Both have since been released and are continuing to recover at home.
Now, 30-year-old Vancouver resident Matthew Kenneth Noble has been charged with Obstructing a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest. Transit Police have recommended further charges of Assaulting a Police Officer and Causing a Disturbance.
He has been released on an Undertaking with conditions that include keeping the peace, good behaviour, and abstaining from alcohol when outside of his home.
His next scheduled court appearance date is July 11, at 9 am in Vancouver.
“Metro Vancouver Transit Police officers put themselves at risk every day to ensure the safety and security of the travelling public”, said Transit Police Chief Doug LePard. “These officers are to be commended for their efforts in successfully stopping this violent suspect from injuring anyone else.”