Jamie Allen Bezanson charged in assault on 92-year-old East Asian man in East Vancouver

VANCOUVER Police announced on Thursday that Jamie Allen Bezanson, 50, of Vancouver has been charged with one count of assault following a hate crime investigation by Vancouver Police after the assault of a 92-year-old elderly man in March.

His next court appearance is scheduled for August 10 at 9 a.m. at the Vancouver Provincial Court.

Vancouver Police said they have no further information to provide, as this matter is now before the courts.

As reported in The VOICE earlier this year, on March 13, the victim, who suffers from severe dementia, wandered into a convenience store near Nanaimo Street and East 1st Avenue. Staff at the convenience store were trying to assist the elderly male, when the suspect began yelling racist remarks at the victim that included comments about COVID-19.  Outside the store, the suspect shoved the elderly man, which caused him to fall to the ground and hit his head. The suspect left the store before police arrived.