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Canada appalled after man attacks woman on Vancouver bus following racist tirade

Metro Vancouver Transit Police are asking for help to identify a man who allegedly attacked a woman on a bus when she stood up to him for making racist remarks in April — an incident that has shocked and appalled Canadians across the country.

In a news release published yesterday, police said the man boarded a bus in Vancouver at approximately 4:25 pm on April 15. When two Asian women wearing masks got on the bus shortly after, the man began heckling them and said "Go back to your country; that’s where it all started."

A brave woman sitting across from him began to defend the two women and told him to leave them alone, which led to a brief argument between the man and woman where he allegedly threatened her.

"Moments later, the suspect allegedly jumped up and kicked the victim in the leg. As the victim stood up to defend herself, the suspect allegedly reached over and violently pulled the victim’s hair, pulling so hard that a large clump of hair was pulled from her head," reads the news release.

"The suspect allegedly punched the victim numerous times in the head and wrestled her to the ground. While pinned to the floor of the bus, the victim was able to fight the suspect off. The suspect left the bus and was last seen running away near Commercial Drive and East Hastings."

The victim suffered from a bruised leg and injured scalp after the alleged assault, and police are now in search of the man who is described as a Caucasian male, 45-55 years old, approximately 5'6 and weighing 180 lbs with a stocky build. 

Meanwhile, Canadians have been taking to social media to express their disgust and disappointment that an incident like this could happen here. 

Many are sharing information about the incident in hopes of helping police identify the man.

Others are calling the incident "shameful" and "despicable" and saying he should have to face consequences for his actions.

And many are wondering why it took so long for police to inform the public of the incident.

Residents are also highlighting the fact that, while the incident was undeniably awful, at least someone was courageous enough to stand up to the man's racist remarks.

"Metro Vancouver Transit Police would like to speak to anyone with information about the identity of this suspect or who witnessed this incident," police said in the release.

"Violence and racism have no place on the transit system."  

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