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Suspect arrested in apparent hate crime on SkyTrain

Last Updated Nov 8, 2018 at 5:28 am PDT

Summary

Transit Police were searching for a man suspected of yelling homophobic remarks at a couple, hitting one of them

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to get in touch

The altercation happened in September at the Waterfront Station

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.

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“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.