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VPD release new image of Chinatown bear-spray suspect

Vancouver police are hoping the renewed appeal will lead to someone recognizing the suspect, and are urging anyone who sees him to call 911

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Vancouver police released this image of a suspect alleged to have bear-sprayed a Chinatown senior in a racially motivated incident on Friday, May 20, 2022. Photo by VPD

Police have released a new photo of a man alleged to have attacked a Chinatown senior with bear spray last week.

Vancouver police are hoping the renewed appeal will lead to someone recognizing the suspect, and are urging anyone who sees him to call 911.

The 87-year-old victim was standing at a bus stop near Pender and Columbia streets on Friday morning when a strange approached, made racist comments, then bear-sprayed him in the face.

The attacker fled and the suspect has not been identified.

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“Officers have been canvassing Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside since the attack occurred, and earlier today obtained a photo taken at Main and Hastings moments before the attack,” said VPD Const. Tania Visintin in a statement. “We’re releasing this new image with hopes that someone will recognize the suspect.”

The suspect was wearing a black jacket, dark pants, a grey ball cap and grey shoes with red trim and white soles. He was carrying a black backpack and had black headphones around his neck.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call investigators at 604-717-4034.


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