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21-year-old charged for spree of ’unprovoked assaults’ in Vancouver’s west side

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Suspect charged in random Vancouver attacks
Martin Lamb, a 21-year-old Vancouver resident, faces five charges after a string of violent attacks last week in the city's Fairview neighbourhood. But in one case, the victim knew her attacker and turned him in to the police. Catherine Urquhart has the story – Aug 25, 2022

A Vancouver man has now been charged in connection to a recent series of “unprovoked attacks” in Vancouver’s Fairview neighbourhood.

Twenty-one-year-old Martin Lamb has been charged with two counts of assault, two counts of aggravated assault and break and enter.

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Previously, police reported that a man was arrested after a number of allegedly unprovoked attacks in the Vancouver west side neighbourhood.

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Suspect facing charges after series of unprovoked attacks in Vancouver

Three assaults all happened within a few short hours of each other on Aug. 18.

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According to police, the attacks began with a 70-year-old man being tackled from behind, which then was followed by punches and kicks under the Cambie Bridge. Shortly after, a 33-year-old woman was attacked from behind and punched in the face while walking her dog near West 11th Ave. and Spruce Street.

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Nearly an hour and a half later, police said a 23-year-old woman was stabbed near West Broadway and Alder Street.

Two days later, in the early hours of Aug. 20, a 54-year-old woman was attacked inside her home near Riley Park following a home invasion, according to police.

The 54-year-old woman was left with multiple serious and life-threatening injuries.

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Previously, Vancouver police officials said the city experiences around four random assaults per day.

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Vancouver Police Chief Howard Chow said in about two-thirds of those cases, police have either identified a suspect, charged someone or will be charging someone.

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