UPDATE: Transit police say suspects have been identified and are being detained.
Transit police are looking for a man who was wanted in connection with hate crimes that allegedly occurred on SkyTrain on September 28.
Police said at around 2:30 a.m. Friday night, two young men, the same husband and wife, boarded the SkyTrain at Waterfront Station. When the couple took the train, a man kicked the leg of one of the young men, police said. The man then left his seat and "aggressively" approached the younger man, the police added.
Police said the victim squatted in fear because the suspect raised his hand as if to hit him, shouting obscenities and homophobic insults.
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Another unknown passenger pulled the suspect from the victim, while the victim's husband pushed the yellow emergency strip on the train. Police said the suspect had become aggressive towards the victim again. There was a further fight where the police said the suspect hit her husband's face, dropping his glasses.
When the train stopped at Granville SkyTrain Station, police said the suspect tried to kick one of the men in the stomach and then got off the train and spat on the other man's face. The suspect continued to throw indecent and homophobic words against the couple as he walked away.
The couple was assisted by SkyTrain staff and taken to the hospital for minor injuries where they were later released.
Anyone who has information about a suspect or who witnessed the incident was asked to contact the Metro Vancouver Transit tip on number 604-516-7419 or text them using code 87-77-77. Look at file no. 2018-17964.
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