New Westminster – On July 23, 2020 approximately 6:20 pm, The New Westminster Police Department received a report of a male who had pushed a female off the Columbia Street SkyTrain Station platform under an oncoming SkyTrain.
Members of the New Westminster Police Department’s Patrol Division and Major Crime Unit members immediately attended the scene along with members from the Transit Police, British Columbia Ambulance Service and New Westminster Fire Department.
A 24 year old male, remained on scene and was taken into custody by members of the New Westminster Police Department.
The female victim 32 years of age, was initially trapped under the SkyTrain and had to be freed. Once she was freed, she was transported by British Columbia Ambulance Service to hospital. The victim was conscious and talking. The victim sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries.
The New Westminster Police Department’s Major Crime Unit assumed conduct of the investigation and has interviewed witnesses, reviewed SkyTrain video, and interviewed the male.
“The evidence to date revealed that the victim had a physical altercation with someone on the platform,” stated Acting Inspector Andrew Perry. “The male that was taken into custody has been released pending further investigation and no charges have been laid at this time.”
The incident is still under investigation, the New Westminster Police Department is aware that there were people on the platform at the time of this incident that we have not spoken with and we are encouraging all potential witnesses to contact the New Westminster Police Department at 604-525-5411. Our Victim Assistance Unit is available to support anyone who witnessed this incident they can be reached at 604-529-2525.
The New Westminster Police Department would like to thank the members of the Transit Police, British Columbia Ambulance Service, and New Westminster Fire Department for their assistance in this matter.
Contact person: Acting Inspector Andrew Perry