Police have identified a suspect behind an allegedly racially motivated assault in East Vancouver.
The incident took place on March 13, 2020, in the afternoon. According to police, the victim was a 92-year-old Asian man who suffers from severe dementia. He reportedly wandered into a convenience store near Nanaimo Street and East 1st Avenue.
As staff at the store were trying to help the man, a white male in his 50s allegedly “began yelling racist remarks at the victim,” which included comments about COVID-19.
The suspect allegedly shoved the 92-year-old outside of the store, causing him to fall and hit his head. He fled the scene before police could arrive, however.
The VPD has since received multiple tips from the community and said they’ve now made “significant leads” and “identified a suspect.”
“Police would like to thank the community and partners for their overwhelming support on such a serious, intolerable incident.”
Anyone who has yet to share information can contact the VPD at 604-717-2963 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.