VPD releases new image of Chinatown Bear Spray suspect

Vancouver police are hoping the new call will help someone recognize the suspect and are urging anyone who sees him to call 911

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Vancouver police released this image of a suspect allegedly bear spraying a Chinatown elder in a racially charged incident on Friday, May 20, 2022.
Vancouver police released this image of a suspect allegedly bear spraying a Chinatown elder in a racially charged incident on Friday, May 20, 2022. Photo by VPD

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

Vancouver police are hoping the new call will help someone recognize 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 stranger approached, made racist comments, then sprayed him in the face.

The assailant fled and the suspect was not identified.

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“Officers have been scouting Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside since the attack and earlier in the day obtained a photo taken in Main and Hastings moments before the attack,” said VPD Const. Tania Visintin in a statement. “We are posting this new image in the hope that someone will recognize the suspect.”

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

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


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