VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Vancouver police are investigating yet another violent incident directed at someone of Asian heritage.
Officers were called just before 3 p.m. on Saturday after receiving reports of a man being assaulted at Fraser St and East 28 Ave.
According to a witness who was able to take cell phone video, it started on a transit bus on Fraser St.
Eleonore, who didn’t want to provide her last name, says a white man was leering at passengers. She says he seemed to be agitated, and he changed his seat several times.
“He seemed to be trying to intimidate people,” she says.
This man of Filipino descent was attacked in Fraser St in @CityofVancouver this afternoon & my friend video taped this & called @VancouverPD right away! Very scary! @GlobalBC @CTVVancouver @CKNW @news1130 @OMNIFilipino @jjhorgan @mikefarnworthbc @kennedystewart @ChiefPalmer pic.twitter.com/wA0E0VUfB0
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She says when she and a Filipino man got off the bus, the white man suddenly followed him off the bus and as he crossed the street. That’s when the man began his assault, she says, cutting the Filipino man’s eyebrow and destroying his cell phone.
“The poor Asian guy was [badly] hit right in the head. The white guy grabbed the cell phone of the Asian guy, and he threw the cell phone,” Eleonore says.
Eleonore was left shaking, but stayed with the man until help arrived.
“I’ve been seeing a lot in the news lately of Asian hate crime, [but] it’s really a very different thing when you feel it for yourself in person,” she says.
In a statement, VPD says the suspect managed to get away before police arrived, and the victim was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
They continue to investigate.