Man Arrested in Connection with Alleged Hate Crime on SkyTrain

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Police have arrested the suspect in connection with an apparent hate crime that took place at Waterfront Station last Friday.

On September 28th at around 2:30 PM, a married same-sex couple boarded the SkyTrain at Waterfront station.  As they entered the train, police say that a man kicked one of the young men. He then “aggressively” approached the younger man of the pair.

The suspect reportedly raised his hand, as if to hit the victim, and proceeded to yell homophobic insults at the couple. Fortunately, another passenger tried to intervene by pulling the aggressor away from the victim while the victim’s husband pressed on the yellow emergency strip to alert Transit security. But according to police, the altercation continued and the suspect allegedly hit one of the men in the face, knocking off his glasses.

Once the train arrived at Granville, the suspect allegedly kicked one of the men in the stomach and spat in his face before walking away and continuing to yell profanities towards them. SkyTrain staff assisted the victims. They were taken to a hospital and treated for minor injuries.

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Police announced the arrest on Wednesday but provided no further details. Anyone who has any information on the incident is still asked to contact Metro Vancouver Transit Police tip line at 604-516-7419 or text them using code 87-77-77.  Refer to file no. 2018-17964.