Transit police are looking for help identifying this woman in connection to an apparent hate crime and alleged assault on a Vancouver bus. (Metro Vancouver Transit Police)

Transit police are looking for help identifying this woman in connection to an apparent hate crime and alleged assault on a Vancouver bus. (Metro Vancouver Transit Police)

Suspect sought in alleged assault, hate crime on Metro Vancouver bus: transit police

The woman then allegedly punched the teenager in the head multiple times

Transit police are looking for a woman after a teen wearing a headscarf was allegedly assaulted in an “apparent hate crime” on a Vancouver bus on May 21.

In a Monday press release, Metro Vancouver Transit Police said the alleged assault started at about 3:45 p.m. when a 17-year-old and her mother boarded a bus near Pacific Centre.

Police said an unknown woman asked the teen where she was from and if she was Canadian. Police said the woman then “ridiculed and mocked” the teen’s ethnicity, allegedly telling the teen that her “smile is making me want to punch you in the face.”

The woman then allegedly punched the teenager in the head multiple times, partially knocking off her headscarf before the mother and another passenger were able to stop the woman.

Police said the suspect got off the bus at Hastings Street and Jackson Avenue. A Good Samaritan followed the woman and call 911 before allegedly being assaulted by the suspect.

The suspect is described as a possibly Indigenous woman, about 40 years old, five-foot-eight, and weighing 140 pounds. Police said she was wearing a black hat, dark sunglasses, dark top with the word “pink” written on the back, blue jean shorts, black boots, and carrying a distinct silver and very reflective backpack that changes colour in different lights.

“There is no place for hate, racism or biases on the transit system,” transit police said. “All passengers using our transit system have the right to travel without fear of harassment or assault.”

Anyone who saw the incident or can identify the suspect is asked to call transit police at 604-516-741 or text 87-77-77, and cite file no. 2020-9802.

ALSO READ: Vancouver police seek unknown man who punched Asian woman in face


@katslepian

katya.slepian@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Want to support local journalism during the pandemic? Make a donation here.

PoliceTransit

Just Posted

Bradley Priestap in an undated photo provided to the media some time in 2012 by the London Police Service.
Serial prowler acquitted of duct tape possession in Chilliwack provincial court

Ontario sex offender on long-term supervision order was found with one of many ‘rape kit’ items

Mandarin Garden in Abbotsford had two event tents set up for outdoor dining. One of the tents, valued at more than $5,000, was stolen early Friday morning (May 14). (Submitted photo)
UPDATE: Dining tent stolen from Abbotsford restaurant is located

Owner says it would have cost more than $5,000 to replace the rented event tent

RCMP and search and rescue teams experienced a record-setting number of calls last summer and hope people will be better prepared heading outdoors in 2021. (RCMP photo)
RCMP and search and rescue teams ask public to plan ahead before an outdoor adventure

A lack of planning can get a person stuck in a dicey situation in the back-country

Chilliwack prolific offender Brian Stephan was wanted in late April 2021, but was arrested and charged after allegedly stealing a vehicle in Mission on May 5 and resisting arrest in Chilliwack. (RCMP file)
Wanted Chilliwack prolific offender arrested yet again

Brian Stephan allegedly stole a vehicle in Mission, committed a B&E, resisted arrest in Chilliwack on May 5

Trina Hunt's remains were found in the Hope area on March 29. Her family is asking the public to think back to the weekend prior to when she went missing. (Photo courtesy of IHIT.)
Cousin of missing woman found in Hope says she won’t have closure until death is solved

Trina Hunt’s family urges Hope residents to check dashcam, photos to help find her killer

Daily confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day rolling average in white, to May 12, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. preparing ‘Restart 2.0’ from COVID-19 as June approaches

Daily infections fall below 500 Friday, down to 387 in hospital

Rich Coleman, who was responsible for the gaming file off and on from 2001 to 2013, was recalled after his initial testimony to the Cullen Commission last month. (Screenshot)
Coleman questioned over $460K transaction at River Rock during B.C. casinos inquiry

The longtime former Langley MLA was asked about 2011 interview on BC Almanac program

Steven Shearer, <em>Untitled. </em>(Dennis Ha/Courtesy of Steven Shearer)
Vancouver photographer’s billboards taken down after complaints about being ‘disturbing’

‘Context is everything’ when it comes to understanding these images, says visual art professor Catherine Heard

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Restrictions will lift once 75% of Canadians get 1 shot and 20% are fully immunized, feds say

Federal health officials are laying out their vision of what life could look like after most Canadians are vaccinated against COVID-19

Mike Farnworth, pre-pandemic. (File photo)
Surrey Police recruitment not distracting cops from shootings, Farnworth says

‘That’s simply not the case,’ Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth told the Now-Leader on Friday

Police are at Ecole Mount Prevost Elementary but the students have been evacuated. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Gardener finds buried explosives, sparking evacuation of Cowichan school

Students removed from school in an ‘abundance of caution’

RCMP officers stand near a body covered with a tarp in the parking lot of a shopping complex after one person was killed and two others were injured during a shooting in Burnaby, B.C., on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Man, 23, killed in latest Lower Mainland shooting had gang ties: IHIT

Jaskeert Kalkat was one of the three people hit by gunfire at Market Crossing mall at around 8:30 p.m.

Most Read