August 29, 2016

Suspect Arrested and Charged Following Assault at SkyTrain Station

The suspect in an alleged assault at a SkyTrain station several days ago was arrested yesterday in Vancouver. A 23 year old man and his mother were walking towards the outbound platform of the Broadway – City Hall SkyTrain Station on Saturday, August 20, 2016, when a man tripped the woman after she had accidently bumped into him moments before while getting off a bus.

The man angrily made allegedly racist comments towards the woman causing her son to speak to him. This further enraged the man which caused a passerby to intervene and ask him to stop speaking that way. The suspect then challenged the son and the passerby to a fight, which prompted the passerby to begin videoing the interaction on his cell phone.

The suspect then allegedly charged the passerby, grabbing him and pushing him against a glass wall, before leaving the station. The passerby suffered a bleeding scrape to his wrist and bruising. Metro Vancouver Transit Police were called and initiated an active investigation. As a result, the suspect was identified and, in conjunction with the Vancouver Police Department, arrested at a gym in Kitsilano on August 25, 2016.

Charged with 2 counts of Assault and 2 counts of Uttering Threats is Peter Anthony Lee GAGEN, 50 years, no fixed address, known to police. GAGEN was held in custody overnight and made his first court appearance this afternoon in Vancouver Provincial Court. He was released on a Recognizance with conditions that include not to have any contact with the victims and not to be found in the Broadway – City Hall SkyTrain Station.

Transit Police continue to work on this investigation, liaising with the BC Hate Crimes Team.

While we would never recommend a citizen put him or herself in harm’s way, we commend the passerby/victim
for his actions during this incident.

Text us directly and discreetly at 87-77-77 or call us at 604-515-8300.
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