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Canada is horrified after unidentified attacker punches an Asian woman in Vancouver

Vancouver Police are seeking an unidentified suspect that punched an Asian woman as she was waiting for a bus downtown on April 12.

Sgt. Aaron Roed said the woman was waiting at a bus stop near Granville and West Pender streets in the afternoon when a man approached her and punched her in the face, knocking her to the ground.

The suspect then fled on a bus.

Police are describing the suspect as a white man in his mid-20s with a medium build.

At the time of the assault, he was wearing a dark-coloured t-shirt with a deer emblem on the front layered on top of a grey long-sleeve shirt. He also wore a grey and yellow striped beanie.

Although the victim is Asian, Roed said the suspect's motive is currently unknown, and police have not said whether it will be treated as a hate crime.

Naturally, Canada is horrified by the surveillance video.

Especially because — just a few weeks ago — Vancouver Police released a surveillance video of someone shoving an elderly Asian man in a convenience store.

And regardless of whether or not it's a hate crime, it's completely unacceptable to assault strangers.

Anyone with information that could lead to the identification of the suspect or witnesses is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Department's major crime detectives at 604-717-2541.

Lead photo by

Vancouver Police


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