A man who attempted to steal a phone out of a woman's hands near a SkyTrain station in Surrey has been arrested.
According to Metro Vancouver Transit Police, a woman was walking past King George SkyTrain Station in Surrey as she was using a mobile phone in her hand around 5:30 p.m. on November 27.
As she passed by the station entrance, a man allegedly tried to grab her phone.
The two individuals began to struggle until the suspect pushed the victim to the ground. The male suspect straddled her waist as she lay on the ground on her back. He then allegedly pushed the victim’s face toward the ground as he pulled her phone from her grip.
As the suspect tried to leave with her phone, the victim pursued him in an attempt to get it back. But he then allegedly pushed her into some bushes before he ran away.
Several witnesses came to the victim’s aid and waited to speak with officers, who then relayed a description of the suspect amongst police.
Shortly thereafter, Surrey RCMP were attending an unrelated call in the area. The person they were dealing with for the call turned out to match the suspect description.
As he was found to have the stolen phone, transit police arrested him.
Aaron Sutherland, a 41-year-old male of no fixed address and who is well-known to police, was arrested and charged with one count of robbery.
He remains in custody until his next court appearance tomorrow (December 11) in Surrey provincial court.