Video: Vancouver police seek suspect in random stabbing at Tim Hortons downtown coffee shop

The attack on the newcomer to Canada was unprovoked

    1 of 2 2 of 2

      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.

      Warning: this video includes disturbing images near the end.

      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.