There's been another unprovoked stranger attack in downtown Vancouver, this time sending the victim to hospital with life-threatening stab wounds.
Vancouver police say the incident occurred in the Tim Hortons coffee shop at Harbour Centre around 6:20 a.m. on Saturday (January 22).
According to the VPD, the victim is expected to survive.
“This disturbing incident has all the hallmarks of a random attack that came completely without warning, and we’re increasingly worried about the public’s safety,” Sgt. Steve Addison said in a VPD news release. “We need anyone who witnessed this assault to come forward, and we urge anyone who recognizes the suspect to call police.”
The victim is described as a "newcomer to Canada" and did not know the assailant or have any significant interactions with that person before being stabbed.
“We don’t know if there was a motive for this attack, and the fact that it appears random and unprovoked is extremely concerning,” Addison said.
The suspect was wearing a grey hoodie with a black hood and sleeves, grey and black stone-washed jeans, and black running shoes with white soles.
His black-and-white face mask had a Crooks and Castles logo and he was wearing a black and grey backpack. He's believed to be in his 20s, about 6'2", with short black hair and a slim build.
Last week, the VPD released video of a stranger attack on New Year's Eve on West Georgia Street against a 22-year-old woman.
Anyone with information in Saturday's stabbing is being urged to call the VPD's major crime section at 604-717-2541.