New Westminster – Two Metro Vancouver Transit Police Officers were injured and hospitalized after being involved in the arrest of a man on a violent tirade.
On June 25, 2018, at approximately 8:35 pm, a report was received about a man smashing bottles at the Granville SkyTrain Station. The suspect headed to Stadium SkyTrain Station where he allegedly became involved in a fight with another man. Three bystanders stepped in to assist, which allowed the first man to leave, but two of the bystanders were allegedly punched in the face by the suspect.
Two MVTP officers on patrol in the area were first to respond and attempted to arrest the clearly agitated suspect. A violent struggle ensued during which one of the officers was pushed into a large piece of Plexiglas and thrown to the ground, banging her head on the glass and the floor. The second officer continued the struggle, injuring his shoulder. Additional officers arrived and the suspect was subdued and placed under arrest.
The two MVTP officers were transported to hospital where one was treated for a concussion and the other for a shoulder injury. Both were released and have begun recovery at home.
Matthew Kenneth NOBLE, 30 years, resident of Vancouver and known to police, has been charged with Obstructing a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest. Transit Police have recommended further charges of Assaulting a Police Officer and Causing a Disturbance. NOBLE has been released on an Undertaking with release conditions of Keep the peace and be of good behaviour and Abstain from alcohol outside your residence. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 11, 2018, 9:00 am, at Vancouver Provincial Court.
“Metro Vancouver Transit Police officers put themselves at risk every day to ensure the safety and security of the travelling public”, stated Chief Doug LePard. “These officers are to be commended for their efforts in successfully stopping this violent suspect from injuring anyone else.”
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