VANCOUVER Police have identified a suspect who was seen chasing a pedestrian with a large stick in downtown Vancouver after video of the incident was posted on social media. Police are now asking the victim to report.
“This frightening incident was captured on tape, but the victim did not report the meeting to Vancouver Police,” Constable Tania Visintin said Wednesday. “We would like to hear from this person or anyone else who has information so we can better understand what happened.”
Video of the incident, which took place around 9.30pm on November 1, started circulating on social media earlier this month. It shows a man walking around near Burrard and Drake streets, holding a stick and hitting pedestrians and vehicles. At one point in the video, the man aims the stick and chases a pedestrian at full speed. Moments later, he points the stick at someone with his back to him, and then gets on a bus.
“This behavior was very worrying and it jeopardized public safety,” Visintin said.
Two VPD patrol constables later identified the suspect after responding to reports of a disturbance in a social housing complex near the streets Cambie and Dunsmuir. When officers approached him, the man claimed to have a gun and tried to flee, but the constables arrested him before he could run away.
The man, a 26-year-old resident of the West End, was already wanted throughout BC for another offense and was jailed by VPD.
Anyone with information about the Nov. 1 incident on Burrard Street should call Vancouver Police at 604-717-4021.