Langara College arson suspect faces additional charges of assault and robbery

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      A suspect charged with setting fires at Langara College is facing additional charges for two separate incidents.

      After an evacuation from Langara College’s West 49th campus due to fires in the T Building (Science and Technology Building) on April 1, police arrested a male suspect who had allegedly entered the college with incendiary devices. Two of the devices were detonated while a third was defused by the VPD’s bomb disposal unit.

      On April 1, 23-year-old Langara College student Nasradin Abdusamad Ali of Surrey was arrested and on April 2, the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) announced that he had been charged with one count of arson and one count of possessing incendiary material.

      Today (April 5), the VPD announced that two further charges have been laid against Ali due to alleged incidents involving Ali that were reported to police after the April 1 incident.

      Ali allegedly became embroiled in a physical altercation with another student at the Langara College campus on March 7. Ali has been charged with assault for this incident.

      Then on March 26, Ali allegedly robbed another Langara student near a bus stop at East 53rd Avenue and Fleming Street.

      Investigators were able to collect sufficient evidence to lay a robbery charge against Ali.

      Ali remains in custody. He appeared in court in Vancouver on April 2 and 5, and is scheduled to appear in court on April 10. 

      After the fire, classes resumed at the West 49th Avenue campus on April 3. While the T Building has been closed for repairs, all classes, exams, and services in the building have been relocated.

      The T Building will partially reopen later this month, according to Langara College, and classrooms and labs should be ready by the start of the summer term that begins on May 6. 

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