CROWN counsel has approved charges against 23-year-old Nasradin Abdusamad Ali in relation to an incident at Langara College on Monday.
Just before noon, first responders received reports of a suspicious fire on campus. A suspect had allegedly entered the college with improvised incendiary devices. It appears at least two devices were detonated, causing fires, before the suspect fled the area.
An integrated response between the Vancouver Police, Vancouver Fire Rescue Service, BC Ambulance, and staff at Langara College led to the school being safely evacuated. There were no reported injuries.
Vancouver Police quickly identified Ali as the suspect and shared information with other police agencies. He was arrested just after 4 p.m. in Surrey by the Metro Vancouver Transit Police. Ali was turned over to the VPD and remains in custody.
Crown counsel has charged Ali with one count of arson in relation to inhabited property, and one count of possession of incendiary material.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the VPD’s Major Crime Section at 604-717-2541 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.