Vancouver Police are calling the victim of a recent attack by an unknown person in the downtown area of the city to come forward.
Police said they identified a suspect in the Nov. 1 incident, which was filmed.
Police said the man was seen pacing near Burrard and Drake streets around 9:30 pm, holding a “big stick” and “rushing towards pedestrians and vehicles.”
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“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 a person with his back to him, then gets on a bus, ”police said in a press release Wednesday.
Patrol officers identified the suspect in a subsequent call about a disruption at a public housing complex near Cambie and Dunsmuir streets, police said.
Police say the 26-year-old West End resident, who was already wanted on a warrant for an unrelated offense, claimed to have a gun and attempted to escape but was arrested by police officers. police officers.
The person who was chased with the stick did not report the incident and the police are seeking to speak to him or anyone else who witnessed the incident.
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Vancouver Police said last month statistics showed the city averaged about four random assaults per day over the past year.
While police say the number of assaults by strangers is on the rise, the number of aggregate assaults across the city has remained relatively constant.
In the first nine months of 2021, VPD crime statistics show 3,508 reported assaults, compared to 3,490 reports in the first nine months of 2020 and 3,405 in the first nine months of 2019.
In September, police said they were increasing the number of officers in parts of downtown Vancouver amid growing complaints about public safety.
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