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Police Warn About Unprovoked Assaults on Vancouver’s West Side

Update: March 22, 2018

Vancouver Police are warning the public about several unprovoked assaults on the West Side of Vancouver, and are asking anyone with information to come forward to help identify the suspect.

Police believe the suspect has been involved in multiple assaults, which all occurred in the same area of the city. The first two were on February 5 — one just before and one just after 5 p.m. The next incident was on February 22 just after 10 p.m., and the last one happened on February 24 just after midnight.

In each case, the suspect would approach the victim in a public area, such as a sidewalk or convenience store. Without provocation, he would either punch, elbow or push the victim before walking away. In all four incidents, the victims did not know the suspect. The motive in each case is unclear and the attacks appear to be random. The victims all sustained minor injuries.

The assailant was described as black, in his 20s, 5’9″ tall, with a medium build, and was clean-shaven with short black hair. In the first two offences, the suspect was wearing a white t-shirt with an upside down “A” symbol on it, a blue jacket, blue jeans, and black runners.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about these assaults, or who can identify the suspect, to call the VPD’s Major Crimes Section at 604-717-2541, or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-222-8477.