Man arrested after car window smashed with two women inside in Vancouver’s Chinatown

Another racially-charged attack in Vancouver’s Chinatown
Vancouver police have made an arrest in another racially-charged attack and police believe many more incidents are not being reported. Ted Chernecki has the latest.

Vancouver police say they’ve arrested a man after he allegedly smashed a window of a vehicle parked in Chinatown on the weekend with two Asian women inside.

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The women were confronted by the suspect after they parked near East Pender and Columbia streets.

He yelled obscenities at them and smashed a window with a chisel he had in his bag, police said.

Officers located and arrested the suspect with the help of a witness.

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The man was transported to jail and released on an undertaking to appear in court at a later date.

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“This was a random, unprovoked incident and would have been very terrifying for the victims,” said Sgt. Aaron Roed.

Vancouver police say a hate crime investigator and the Major Crime Section were immediately advised of the incident.

Vancouver police have raised concerns over a string of incidents of anti-Asian racism in the region linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.