Coffee-throwing suspect arrested by police for assaulting woman at New Westminster SkyTrain station

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      Metro Vancouver Transit Police announced today (May 18) that a man suspected of being involved in a coffee-throwing assault on a woman at a New Westminster SkyTrain station has been arrested.

      On May 2, Transit Police asked for the public's assistance in identifying a man who was captured on surveillance footage assaulting a 42-year-old New Westminster woman on April 6.

      The woman had brushed past the suspect at a New Westminster SkyTrain station while rushing to get on to the SkyTrain. However, the train doors closed and she was unable to board.

      The man first exchanged words with the woman, then threw a coffee cup at her head before he shoved her to the ground. She fell backwards and hit her head on the platform. She was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

      After police were informed of the man's identity by an individual who recognized him in local media coverage of the incident, the 27-year-old suspect, who is known to police, was located at a Coquitlam hotel where he was arrested on May 12.

      He was released but is scheduled to make his first appearance in court on July 11 in New Westminster Provincial Court.