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Police arrest man accused of random attack on teen riding Surrey bus

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Metro Vancouver Transit Police say a man accused of an unprovoked attack on a teen riding a transit bus in Surrey last month has been arrested.

The incident happened just before 2 p.m. on April 1 on a route 335 bus headed to Netwon Exchange.

Police say the suspect boarded the bus and made his way to the back, where he sat near the 17-year-old victim.

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According to police the man became increasingly agitated, before standing up and blocking the girl in her seat.

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“Then, without any provocation, he allegedly punched her in the head several times, causing her glasses to fly off her face,” police said in a media release.

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“Despite the teen’s attempts to defend herself, when she bent over to pick up her glasses the suspect allegedly used his knee to strike her in the head.”

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Police say the man got off the bus at 152 Street and 84 Avenue.

The victim did not suffer any serious physical injuries.

On Saturday, transit police say the 46-year-old suspect was arrested at his Surrey home on Friday without incident.

He has been charged with one count of assault, and released on conditions including a ban on the use of Coast Mountain buses.

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