Transit Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who allegedly threw his coffee on a woman prior to pushing her to the ground at a SkyTrain station in New Westminster.
In a statement released on Wednesday, police said the incident took place around 10:45 am on April 6, as the woman was rushing to board a SkyTrain at New Westminster SkyTrain Station before the doors closed.
The victim told police she believes that, in her hurry, she may have “inadvertently” bumped into the suspect while trying to reach the train.
“The two exchanged words before the woman walked away,” said police.
But the situation didn’t end there.
The suspect then allegedly threw his coffee on the woman’s back and, as she turned to face him, pushed her with both hands. She fell backwards, striking her head on the platform.
A nearby witness came to the victim’s aid and the suspect left the station. Metro Vancouver Transit Police officers arrived on scene and initiated an investigation.
The victim, a 42-year-old New Westminster woman, was taken to the hospital, where she was treated for minor neck and back injuries, and bruising.
“She was very upset by the event but is doing well,” police said.
Police are now asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect in this case, who they describe as a white male in his mid-30s, approximately 6 feet tall, with a medium build, short black hair and possibly blue eyes.
He was wearing a black hoodie with white designs on the pocket area at the time of the attack.
Police also released security camera footage of the incident.
Anyone who recognizes this suspect, or has any information regarding this incident, is asked to call the Metro Vancouver Transit Police tip line at 604-516-7419 or text 87-77-77.