Metro Vancouver Transit Police appeal for information in two violent robberies (VIDEO)

Victims were choked, robbed near two Vancouver SkyTrain stations

Metro Vancouver Transit Police are asking for witnesses and information related to two violent robberies near Vancouver SkyTrain stations in late August.  

The first incident occurred shortly after midnight on Aug. 18, when a 45-year-old man was onboard a bus headed toward the Marine Drive Canada Line station. He was befriended by the suspect, who followed him off the bus to an unknown location near the SkyTrain station.

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The suspect asked for a cigarette, though the victim refused. Within minutes the suspect placed the 45-year-old in a headlock, knocking him unconscious.

The victim woke up to the suspect demanding that he buy him a drink at Marine Drive Canada Line Station. When the victim entered the store to buy the drink, the suspect fled with the victim’s phone and on to a Canada Line Train.

The second incident occurred on Aug. 20 at 11:45 p.m., when the suspect approached a 26-year-old man as he entered the Stadium SkyTrain Station.

As was the case two days earlier, the incident began with the suspect starting a conversation with the victim. The victim felt unsafe and tried to leave but the man allegedly grabbed him, placed him in a headlock and choked him until he was unconscious.

The suspect stole the victim’s wallet and later used his credit card to make a $400 purchase from a convenience store.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian or Indigenous male in his late 30s, approximately 5’8 to 5’10 in height, with a stocky build and short brown hair. In both circumstances, the suspect had a pair of unique white-framed glasses with reflective lenses worn propped up on his head.

“Metro Vancouver Transit Police is extremely concerned by the level of violence this person is willing to use,” said media relations officer Sgt. Clint Hampton. 

Anyone with information about the identity of this suspect, or who witnessed either incident, is asked to contact the Transit Police tip line at 604-516-7419 or text using code 87-77-77 and refer to file 2019-15236.

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