COVID-19 in Vancouver: Surrey RCMP arrest and fine maskless suspect after spitting incident at mall

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      An assault investigation remains underway after a spitting incident at a Metro Vancouver mall was captured on video.

      Surrey RCMP stated on April 8 that CTV reporters submitted a video found on social media that showed an unmasked male suspect spitting in the face of a security guard, who was escorting the suspect out of a Dollarama store at a Guildford mall in Surrey. The incident hadn’t previously been reported to police.

      Investigators identified the employer of the security guard and found out that the incident took place around 5:45 p.m. on April 6.

      “The video of the assault on the security guard was disgusting,” Surrey RCMP operations officer. Supt. Manly Burleigh stated in a news release “This type of behaviour is unacceptable—we urge anyone that has experienced this type of violence to report the incident to police.”

      Today (April 9), Surrey RCMP announced that investigators identified and arrested the 43-year-old suspect of no fixed address.

      The suspect was taken into custody but has since been released. His identity hasn’t been released yet because criminal charges haven’t been laid yet.

      However, the suspect was fined for failing to wear a face mask and for abusive and belligerent behaviour.

      Any witnesses or with more information, or anyone with dashcam footage around the Guildford area between 5 and 6:15 p.m. on April 6, in addition to the person who filmed the video, are asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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