New Westminster – On January 4th at approximately 7:00pm, New Westminster Police Department officers received a request for assistance from the Metro Vancouver Transit Police following a report of a stabbing inside a SkyTrain car. The SkyTrain car was held at Columbia SkyTrain Station and New Westminster Police Department officers rushed to the scene. Once the scene was contained, police located a man with injuries consistent with an edged weapon. BC Ambulance Service and New Westminster Fire and Rescue Services provided him aid before he was transported to nearby hospital. The injuries received were significant, but not life threatening.
Within minutes of police containing the scene at the SkyTrain station a New Westminster Police Department patrol officer recognized someone matching the suspect description and arrested this suspect on 4th Street in New Westminster.
A knife was located inside Columbia SkyTrain Station. New Westminster Police Department Forensic Identification Unit began processing the SkyTrain for additional evidence.
The suspect has been held in custody for Court and investigators are recommending charges of:
Aggravated Assault contrary to Section 268(1) of the Criminal Code; and
Assault with a Weapon contrary to Section 267(b) of the Criminal Code.
“We’d like to thank the numerous witnesses that took the time to share statements with police,” stated Sergeant Justine Thom. “At this time we believe the suspect and victim are known to each other.”
The police investigation is ongoing. If you witnessed this incident and have yet to speak to police about what you saw you’re asked to call the New Westminster Police Department at 604-525-5411.
CONTACT PERSON: Hailey Finnigan