Male customer allegedly assaulted Burnaby store employee after being asked about wearing a mask

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      Police are seeking to identify and locate a suspect allegedly involved in a violent assault at a store in Burnaby.

      Burnaby RCMP stated today (May 20) that around 12:30 p.m. on May 8, a male suspect entered a retail store on 1st Avenue east of Boundary Road in Burnaby.

      When a staff member asked the suspect why he wasn’t wearing a mask, the suspect attacked the employee by repeatedly punching him in the head until he fell to the ground.

      Burnaby RCMP

      When a second employee intervened, the suspect threatened to kill that employee with a knife.

      Before the suspect left, he grabbed a pair of bolt cutters and smashed the front window of the store.

      The suspect left the location by driving away.

      The suspect is described as a white male with blond hair and a buzz cut and was wearing a dark grey hoodie, light blue jeans, and dark running shoes.

      Anyone who can identify the suspect or who has information about this incident is asked to contact the Burnaby RCMP at 604-646-9999.

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