Suspect arrested in relation to assault of 89-year-old woman at Metrotown

Burnaby, Public Alert

2023-04-25 12:44 PDT

File # 2023-12960

Burnaby RCMP have arrested a suspect in relation to the assault of an 89-year-old woman at Metrotown that occurred on April 20.

On April 20, 2023, Burnaby RCMP responded to a report of an assault in progress at Metrotown. An 89-year-old woman had been shoved to the ground by an unknown man. The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and discharged later that day. Burnaby RCMP’s Investigative Support Team (IST) assumed conduct of the file.

See the original release: 2023-04-20

Through tips from the public, police were able to obtain higher quality images of the suspect from a day prior to the assaults.

See the original release: 2023-04-23

After receiving another tip from the public, on April 24, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Burnaby RCMP frontline officers located and arrested a 30-year-old suspect.

In the early stages of the investigation, police learned the suspect assaulted at least two other victims on April 20. Investigators would still like to speak to these two individuals and anyone else who may have witnessed the assaults.

We would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance. We asked for help and they stepped up, said Corporal Mike Kalanj with the Burnaby RCMP. We continue to urge the additional two victims who have not yet come forward to police to contact our investigators.

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed these assaults and anyone assaulted by this suspect to please contact Burnaby RCMP at 604-646-9999. Quote file number 23-12960.

Released by:

Cpl. Michael Kalanj
Media Relations Officer
Burnaby RCMP
6355 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC, V5G 2J2
Office: 604-646-9566
Fax: 604-646-9704


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