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Update: Assault Victim Dies In Hospital

The man found in serious medical distress in front of the Astoria Hotel in the Downtown Eastside Tuesday night has died.

Police and BC Ambulance were called on February 6th at around 11:30 p.m. to East Hastings Street near Hawks Avenue by a passerby who discovered an unconscious man. He was rushed to hospital where he was in critical condition and died February 10th.
The victim has been identified as 51-year-old Coquitlam resident Martin James MacDonald.

It appears Mr. MacDonald had been in a physical altercation prior to being found at a bus stop. The suspect, a 42-year-old Vancouver man, was arrested at the scene and has been released pending further investigation by the VPD’s Major Crime Section.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.