Good Samaritans stop alien attack in downtown Vancouver

The suspect was released after appearing in court on charges of assault and making death threats.

Article content

Half a dozen Good Samaritans stopped an on-going attack by a stranger on a woman outside her downtown apartment building on Sunday night, Vancouver police said.

Advertisement 2

Article content

According to police, the 19-year-old male suspect followed the 29-year-old victim into the lobby of her building on Davie and Howe Streets, grabbed her, threw her to the ground and began assaulting her.

Article content

The woman managed to escape and ran out of the building, but the suspect followed.

The group of Good Samaritans saw what was happening, proceeded to tackle the suspect and pin him to the ground until police could arrive.

“These witnesses sprang into action to help the victim when she was attacked by a stranger,” said VPD Sgt. Steve Addison said in a press release issued Monday. “They are heroes and they deserve all the credit for their bravery. There is no doubt that this victim could have suffered serious bodily harm if they had not acted so decisively.”

Advertisement 3

Article content

The victim was traumatized, police said.

Bryce Michael Flores-Bebington was released after appearing in court on charges of assault and death threats.

Investigators are trying to see if this incident is related to other unresolved cases.

Vancouver Police Department has reported a number of strange downtown attacks in recent days

On September 27, a 19-year-old woman was attacked with a pole while walking near Dunsmuir and Cambie streets. Police say the suspect used racist remarks during the attack. The suspect remains at large.

Two days before that incident, a 27-year-old Coquitlam woman was walking with a group of friends near Seymour and Pender Street when she was the victim of a hammer attack. Good Samaritans intervened in that case as well to stop the attack. The suspect was arrested shortly after the incident.

Advertisement 1

Comments

Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively yet civilized discussion forum and encourages all readers to share their thoughts on our articles. It can take up to an hour for comments to be moderated before appearing on the site. We ask that you keep your comments relevant and respectful. We’ve enabled email notifications – you’ll now receive an email when you get a reply to your comment, there’s an update to a comment thread you’re following, or a user follows comments. Visit our Community Guidelines for more information and details on how to adjust your email settings.

Leave a Comment