Man arrested for random assaults in Queen Elizabeth Park

A man has been arrested and charged following multiple random assaults in Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver on Sunday.

Officers were dispatched to the park after receiving several 9-1-1 calls from multiple witnesses. Investigators believe the suspect approached multiple people near Cambie Street and West 30th Avenue. He assaulted, threatened and attempted to rob multiple victims. The victims ranged in age.

The man was safely taken into custody and transported to hospital. He has been charged with one count of robbery, one count of assault causing bodily harm, one count of uttering threats, and four counts of assault. He will be taken into police custody after he is released from hospital.

“We thank the public for calling 9-1-1 so quickly and we’re grateful that the victims were not seriously hurt,” said Sgt. Aaron Roed. “Police have not been able to speak to the suspect to determine motive, if any, or to identify him, as he was sedated by medical staff at the hospital due to his aggression.”

The victims were offered help through Vancouver Police Department’s Victim Services Section and did not need to attend hospital for treatment.