VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A man has been arrested and charged in connection with three assaults around Surrey SkyTrain stations last month.
Benjamin McBeath is accused of attacking people in three seemingly random incidents stretching from April 9 to 17.
#MVTPMediaRelease Suspect arrested & charged for three separate assaults, including one where a man was rendered unconscious, following an investigation by Transit Police. #SeeSomethingSaySomething let us, know discreetly txt Transit Police 87-77-77https://t.co/OEi1QLEWOB
— Sgt. Clint Hampton (@SgtCHampton) May 5, 2021
Transit police say the first incidnt accursed about 8:00 p.m. when the suspect entered the Surrey Central SkyTrain Station and allegedly, “purposely and without provocation, body checked a SkyTrain Attendant working at the station.”
The victim was thrown off his balance but regained his footing. He said the incident was like a “hockey check.”
On April 14 around 4:30 p.m. the suspect followed a man off the SkyTrain at Scott Road SkyTrain Station. While the victim stood at the Compass Vending Machine, the suspect allegedly ran toward him and “violently” body checked the man and he was thrown to the ground.
In the most serious case, on April 17 around 8:00 p.m. the suspect allegedly shoulder checked a man at Gateway SkyTrain Station and then tried to instigate a fight with the victim and said, “hit me” multiple times while striking the victim on the chest.
“When the victim and his girlfriend tried to leave, the suspect blocked their path. The victim’s girlfriend was able to call 9-1-1. Fearful for his safety, the victim did his best to run from the suspect but was pulled back as the suspect grabbed his backpack. A security guard from an adjacent building tried to assist the victim, but the suspect was allegedly able to wrap his arm around the victim’s neck, choking him until he lost consciousness,” a statement from Transit police reads.
The suspect left the area and the victim sustained minor physical injuries.
“Everyone has the right to feel safe while using transit. Violence of any kind will never be tolerated. In the April 17th incident, the level of violence used against a complete stranger for no apparent reason is of particular concern. A traumatic event like this can have a lasting, negative psychological impact on any person,” Sgt. Clint Hampton says in the statement. “The suspect’s alleged actions could have had dire consequences for the victims and were completely abhorrent.”
McBeath is charged with two counts of assault and one count of assault by choking.
He’s described as being well known to police and officers say he has no fixed address.