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Suspect in apparent hate crime on Vancouver bus facing multiple charges: transit police

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FILE - Metro Vancouver Transit Police initially released an image of a suspect. (Courtesy Metro Vancouver Transit Police)
Summary

36-year-old woman identified as suspect in apparent hate crime

Recommended charges against her include assault, assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose

Woman's next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 23 in Vancouver

NEW WESTMINSTER (NEWS 1130) — Charges are being recommended against a suspect who allegedly attacked a young woman on a bus in an apparent hate crime.

Metro Vancouver Transit Police has identified the suspect as a 36-year-old woman of no fixed address. The recommended charges include assault, assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and failure to comply with a probation order.

In late May, a 17-year-old girl was punched in the head several times on a bus in Vancouver. The teen and her mother boarded a bus near Pacific Centre Mall in Vancouver.

 

A woman on the bus asked the girl, who was wearing a headscarf, where she was from and if she was Canadian, according to transit police. The woman then ridiculed and mocked the teen’s ethnicity, police added.

The woman then became aggressive toward the teen, saying something along the lines of, “Your smile is making me want to punch you in the face.”

The woman then allegedly punched the teen in the head several times, police said.

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The teen’s headscarf was partially knocked off before her mother and a fellow passenger intervened, according to police.

The suspect got off the bus at Hastings Street and Jackson Avenue. Transit police said another person from the bus followed the woman and called 9-1-1.

When the woman noticed she was being followed, police say she took off her boots and began hitting the other person. The woman then displayed a knife and ran away, police say.

Her next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 23 in Vancouver, according to a release from transit police.