VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Metro Vancouver Transit Police have arrested a suspect related to an apparent hate crime that happened in September.
A man apparently yelled homophobic insults and hit a man on the SkyTrain at Waterfront Station.
It happened at about 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 when a couple was boarding the train. Another man kicked one of them in the foot, jumping out of their seat and approaching them aggressively, according to police.
“The victim actually crouched down in fear of the suspect, in an attempt to protect himself. The male then made a fist, as though he was going to punch the victim. He was yelling obscenities and homophobic insults,” Sgt. Clint Hampton said.
“It garnered a lot of attention … both with traditional media and social media. We were able to identify and arrest this guy fairly quickly,” said Hampton.
Any witnesses — including a person who stepped in to help one of the victims — are asked to contact Transit Police at 604-516-7419.