Woman attacked on SkyTrain after asking a couple to wear masks

Attacked in mask dispute

A woman says she was allegedly beaten by two SkyTrain passengers after asking them if they had masks to wear.

Police tell CTV News Vancouver, a white man and woman were near the victim on the train that was heading to Burnaby on Monday evening.

The couple responded to the victim's question by asking "what's it to you?"

The female suspect allegedly proceeded to stand up and strike the victim with so much force "it caused her to fall from her seat to the ground," Metro Vancouver Transit Police said in a news release.

Police say both the man and woman continued to beat the victim while she was lying on the floor of the train.

The two suspects fled at the Metrotown SkyTrain Station.

Police say the victim escaped with minor injuries.

"Violence in any form will never be tolerated, especially when it's unprovoked and results from a reasonable expectation that masks be worn on transit during a pandemic," Const. Mike Yake said in the news release.

People who refuse to wear a mask on public transit can face a fine of $115.

Authorities asked anyone with information on Monday's attack to contact Metro Vancouver Transit Police.

The female suspect is described as 5'6" tall, in her early 20s, with a medium build and long hair that was dyed red. She was wearing a black coat with writing down the sleeves and red track pants.

The male suspect is described as 5'10" tall, 25 to 30 years old, with a medium build and short, brown hair. He was wearing a dark jacket and jeans.

-with files from CTV News Vancouver

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