Assault and robbery charges added for accused in Langara arson incident
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.
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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.
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.
The school was evacuated around noon due to the fires, and police responded using the Emergency Response Team.
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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.
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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