Vancouver crime: Suspected identified, victim wanted in caught-on-camera incident involving ‘big stick’

VANCOUVER –

A suspect has been identified in connection with a random attack on a stranger in downtown Vancouver.

Video posted on YouTube showed a man aimlessly hitting random objects with what police described as a “big stick” as he walked down Burrard Street. He can then be seen approaching a shopper, pointing the rod at the person’s face and chasing them away.

The video was posted online earlier this month.

In an update of the case Wednesday, the Vancouver Police Department said a suspect has since been identified.

Police said Wednesday that he was found “later” by officers responding to another call, this time at a social housing complex near the streets of Cambie and Dunsmuir.

VPD claims that the man told officers that he had a gun and tried to flee, but that he was arrested before escaping.

The 26-year-old has not yet been charged, so he has not been publicly identified, but police said he is a resident of the city’s West End, had already been wanted throughout the province over something else.

Now they are trying to find the victim in the incident on November 1st.

“This frightening incident was captured on tape, but the victim did not report the meeting to Vancouver Police,” says Const. Tania Visintin said in a statement. “We would like to hear from this person or anyone else who has information so we can better understand what happened.”

Police said the incident took place on Burrard on Drake Street around 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 1.

Visintin called the behavior “very worrying” and a risk to public safety.

With files from CTV News Vancouver’s St. John Alexander

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