Man arrested in Downtown Vancouver beach stabbing

VANCOUVER Police arrested a 25-year-old man on Wednesday following an assault investigation on a Downtown Vancouver beach.

“Through the help of some great witnesses, officers were able to locate and arrest the suspect shortly after the stabbing occurred,” said Constable Tania Visintin.

Officers responded to Sunset Beach on May 26 at 4:15 p.m. for multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting a man had stabbed another man.  The suspect was allegedly skateboarding on the walking path of the seawall when he collided with a jogger. The jogger was uninjured. He got up and continued running.

An unidentified man and woman approached the suspect and suggested the suspect use a different part of the path to skateboard which caused an argument to ensue.  A 33-year-old male victim intervened and was stabbed by the suspect.

“Despite being stabbed in multiple areas, the victim did not sustain any life-threatening injuries,” said Visintin.  “There is absolutely no need whatsoever for any member of the public to be carrying any type of weapon on them.  If someone encounters conflict with another person, we want people to call police immediately.”

Over the past four weeks, there have been four violent incidents on and around Downtown Vancouver beaches.

Charges of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon have been recommended by police.

The suspect remains in custody.

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