November 28, 2013 11:16 am

Man arrested following alleged attack on lesbian couple in Vancouver

Part of the VPD strategy: releasing the transit video of the alleged attacker.

Vancouver Police say a 45-year-old man has been arrested following an alleged attack on a lesbian couple that happened in September.

Following the release of photos from a surveillance camera inside a bus, police received a number of tips from the public.

No charges have been laid against the man at this time, but Sgt. Randy Fincham with the Vancouver Police says their Hate Crimes unit is investigating.

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“This is something we take very seriously,” he says.

On September 18, at about 5:15 p.m., a man boarded a westbound #135 SFU/Burrard Station bus at East Hastings Street and Kensington Avenue in Burnaby.

At about 6 p.m. two women boarded the same bus at Renfrew and East Hastings Street in Vancouver. Police say during the ride the two exchanged a kiss and that public display of affection appears to have triggered the man to become disturbed.

The two women got off the bus at East Hastings and Commercial Drive, and the man got off and began to follow them. Police say shortly after the man, without provocation, confronted and assaulted the two women, punching one in the face. He was chased off by several people in the area who came to the aid of the couple.

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