April 5, 2019 11:19 am
Updated: April 6, 2019 12:19 am

Assault and robbery charges added for accused in Langara arson incident

WATCH: The Langara College student accused of an attack that forced the evacuation of the campus is facing new charges, in connection with incidents that happened before the attack. Paul Johnson reports.

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The man accused of setting off at least two incendiary devices at Vancouver’s Langara College on Monday has had a bail hearing pushed over to April 10 after getting hit with new charges.

Nasradin Abdusamad Ali, 23, is charged with one count of arson related to inhabited property and one count of possession of incendiary material.

New charges of assault were added on Friday.

WATCH: Jennifer Palma reports on the suspect’s court appearance 

Vancouver police allege Ali got into a physical altercation with another student on campus on March 7, and that he robbed another student at a bus stop on East 53rd Avenue on March 26.

Police said the robbery was reported the day it allegedly took place, while the fight was not reported until after Monday’s incident at Langara.

Nasradin Abdusamad Ali is accused of setting off several improvised incendiary devices at Langara College.

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Vancouver police said they are unaware of any reports of mental health issues relating to Ali.

Langara College has confirmed that Ali is currently enrolled as a student, and has been for about two years.

Police allege he entered the college carrying at least three of the improvised devices.

READ MORE: 23-year-old man charged for allegedly lighting ‘incendiary devices’ at Langara College

The school was evacuated around noon due to the fires, and police responded using the Emergency Response Team.

WATCH: (Aired: April 1, 2019) Langara college campus evacuated


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Ali was arrested by Metro Vancouver Transit Police several hours later in Surrey.

Officials won’t say whether Ali had any ongoing disputes with students or staff, but sources have told Global News he may have sent taunting messages to the school following the fire.

READ MORE: Suspect arrested for allegedly setting off ‘incendiary devices’ at Langara College: Police

His family says he moved away from home a year ago, and that they learned about the charges through the media.

Students were allowed to return to campus on Wednesday, however, the science and technology building has been closed through the weekend due to smoke and water damage.

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