VPD arrest man in connection with random attacks on city's west side

Mar 22 2018, 9:05 pm

After warning the public recently about a series of “unprovoked attacks”on Vancouver’s west side, the VPD said on Thursday that a suspect has been arrested in connection with the case.

Colin Akwei, a 39-year-old Coquitlam resident is charged with one count of assault, one count of assault with a weapon, and further charges are expected.

Police said officers identified and arrested Akwei in Coquitlam after acting on a tip.

Investigators are now working to “piece the evidence together” and determine a motive for these crimes.

VPD assault suspect

VPD assault suspect

Akwei’s arrest stems from assaults that date back to early February.

The first two were on February 5 — one just before and one just after – 5 pm.

The next incident was on February 22, just after 10 pm, and the last one happened on February 24, close to midnight.

Police said the attacks took place in the Kitsilano/Fairview neighbourhood, specifically: West 2nd and Burrard Street, West Broadway and Alma Street, Granville Street and West Broadway, and West Broadway and Laurel Street.

In each case, the suspect approached the victim in a public area, such as a sidewalk or convenience store.

“Without provocation, he would either punch, elbow, or push the victim before walking away,” said VPD Sgt. Jason Robillard. In all four incidents, the victims did not know the suspect.

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