Metro Vancouver Transit Police Arrested Just Days After Release video of a man who apparently assaulted a teenager on a bus in Surrey in April.
The suspect in the unprovoked assault of a 17-year-old girl aboard a @TransLink bus has been identified and arrested. @TransitPolice appreciate all the tips the public has received, which led to a quick arrest by investigators. #community #teamwork #thepowerofsocialmedia pic.twitter.com/uQz39QX7d6
— Media Relations for Metro Vancouver Transit Police (@MVTP_Media) May 7, 2022
The incident happened on a TransLink bus on April 1, and was reported by the victim after she returned home.
Police did not publicly share images of the attack until May 5, but a few days later they arrested a suspect. There are no known charges against him.
“Transit police appreciate all the tips the public has received that led to a prompt arrest by investigators,” they tweeted on May 7.
The video footage appears to show a man behaving “irregularly” before inflicting several blows on a 17-year-old victim.
#MVTPMediaRelease† @TransitPolice seek the public’s help in identifying a suspect who allegedly assaulted a 17-year-old girl on board @TransLink bus.
**WARNING: This video contains images of violence**https://t.co/HMTLOSc7Vq pic.twitter.com/r6Swx3mHoG
— Media Relations for Metro Vancouver Transit Police (@MVTP_Media) May 5, 2022
She sat still when it appeared as if he hit her on the head several times — so hard that her glasses flew off her face, according to a police statement.
Despite the teen’s attempts to defend herself, when the suspect bent over to pick up her glasses, the suspect allegedly used his knee to hit her on the head.
He also apparently blocked her from leaving her seat, which was in the back corner, before she got off the bus.
Prior to the arrest, Vancouver police had described the suspect in the video as a bald South Asian man in his thirties or forties of average build, about six feet tall. He was wearing a long black winter coat, light blue jeans and black running shoes with Velcro fasteners.
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