October 31, 2019

Suspect Identified in Bus Operator Assault

New Westminster – With the help of Burnaby RCMP, Metro Vancouver Transit Police have identified a suspect believed to be involved in the assault of a bus operator.

On October 29, 2019, at approximately 4:15 pm, Transit Police investigated a report that a bus operator had been spat on. This incident occurred on-board a bus, in Burnaby, in the area of Canada Way and Hardwick. This file received substantial media attention after a passenger on that bus posted a video of the incident on social media. The video depicts a man violently kicking at the bus doors, turning and allegedly spitting on a bus operator before leaving the bus.

Early this morning, Transit Police were notified by Burnaby RCMP, that they had identified the suspect involved in this assault after apprehending him under the Mental Health Act for an unrelated matter. Arresting officers recognized the man as the suspect in the social media post. Transit Police investigators will continue to follow-up on this file regarding the potential for any charges related to this incident.

We want to thank the Burnaby RCMP for their assistance with this investigation.

Given the medical circumstances surrounding this file, no further information will be provided at this time.

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