After racist, sexist rant on Burnaby bus, man arrested for assault, theft, threats

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      Only two weeks after a woman was captured on video in a racist rant in Richmond, a man was caught on video on a Burnaby bus making racist and sexist insults, prior to his arrest for assault and theft.

      On September 6, Burnaby RCMP announced that officers arrested a 45-year-old man who was allegedly involved in several serious incidents on September 5.

      Prior to 4 p.m. on September 5, police received a report that a man had racially abused someone before assaulting them near Parker Street and Alpha Avenue.

      After a search, officers located the suspect in the 4400 block of Hastings Street, and were then approached by liquor store staff members who said that the man had just stolen alcohol from their store a few moments before police arrived.

      Later that day before 6 p.m., an individual contacted Burnaby RCMP to report that in the afternoon, they had been on a bus when they witnessed a man allegedly making racist and sexist comments.

      Police confirmed the man on the bus is the same person as the arrested male.

      A video circulating online of the bus incident will be used as part of the investigation.

      Raul Miguel Rubio-Alabau has been charged with one count of assault, one count of mischief, one count of theft under $5,000, and one count of uttering threats.

      He will next appear in provincial court in Vancouver on September 19.

      This incident occurred only two weeks after video went viral in which a woman hurled racist slurs and other insults at an Asian woman in a parking lot in Richmond.

      Richmond RCMP had stated that after an investigation, the woman, identified by news reports as Carla Waldman, would not face charges.


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