A man is facing six charges in connection with a random machete attack in downtown Vancouver on New Year’s Eve.
Cruz Thomas Joseph, 33, is accused of two counts of assault with a weapon, two counts of assault causing bodily harm, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and robbery.
Around 6 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2020, the Vancouver Police Department said officers responded to a report of a serious and unprovoked assault near Granville and Helmcken streets.
The suspect, according to Const. Tania Visintin, walked up to a stranger and “slashed the victim in the face with a machete.”
The victim was taken to hospital with what police call non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect was arrested.
On Jan. 1, Joseph was remanded in custody for a court appearance on Jan. 5.
Joseph is also charged with possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and uttering threats in relation to a separate incident in Vancouver on Oct. 16, 2020.
He is due in court on the earlier charges on Jan. 13.