Sandy Sanderson arrested and charged in violent attack on woman on SkyTrain (update)

AN appeal to the public by Metro Vancouver Transit Police has led to the identity and arrest of a suspect who allegedly attacked a woman on the SkyTrain.

On April 29, Metro Vancouver Transit Police appealed to the public for help in identifying a man who allegedly violently attacked a woman, punching her multiple times and striking her head against the seating on the SkyTrain.

On April 29, at approximately 2:30 p.m., the Vancouver Police Department responded to an unrelated call in the area of Trout Lake Park. The complainant believed the suspect to be the man seen in media reports as the alleged suspect involved in the SkyTrain attack. The Vancouver Police Department transferred the suspect into Transit Police custody. The suspect, a 51-year-old Vancouver man of no fixed address, is known to police.

Sandy Sanderson appeared in Vancouver Provincial Court on Thursday morning and was formally charged with assault causing bodily harm and mischief.

Metro Vancouver Transit Police said they sincerely want to thank the public, the media and the Vancouver Police Department for their assistance with this investigation.



  1. We sent emails to post media n transit police about racial profiling in the above article.
    Being victims yourselves why don’t you question similar false harmful prejudice n personal opinions not fact based science.
    Still no apologies from anyone, yet.
    All having Post Pandemic Trauma Syndrome.

    • This isn’t racial profiling. Police have to try and give as accurate a description of a suspect as possible – and this is admittedly a challenge in our multicultural society. On some occasions, for example, some South Asian newspapers have mistakenly described Iranians as South Asians based on their looks. I myself have unfortunately heard South Asians (and others) pass racist remarks about Chinese and Chinese-looking people since this crisis began and I have been very blunt with them about not doing that. There is NO excuse for such behaviour, no matter how you label it!

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