Accidental bump on SkyTrain leads to stabbing in Surrey

Stabbed over SkyTrain seat

An argument over a seat aboard a SkyTrain in Metro Vancouver led to a stabbing, and authorities are hoping the public can help identify the suspect.

Authorities said the level of violence in an otherwise "mundane" incident is "shocking" and "deeply concerning."

The confrontation took place early in the afternoon of Dec. 4, when a man boarded an eastbound SkyTrain at Scott Road Station in Surrey.

"As he attempted to sit down, he accidentally bumped into another man who was about to sit in the same seat," Metro Vancouver Transit Police say. "The victim ignored the accidental bump and moved to a different part of the train."

Shortly after, the suspect allegedly went back up to the victim and "got close to his face and demanded an apology," according to authorities.

The victim responded by pushing the suspect away, sending him onto a nearby seat, where he held him down until help arrived.

While holding down the suspect, the man felt a sharp pain in his side, and he reports the suspect had a knife in his hand.

When the SkyTrain pulled into Gateway Station, the suspect broke free and fled. The victim stayed on board, where he was met by transit staff and authorities at Surrey Central Station.

The victim, 67, was taken to hospital with multiple stab wounds. He remains hospitalized with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Metro Vancouver Transit Police say the suspect is five feet seven inches tall, approximately 130 pounds, with possibly a moustache or goatee. He was wearing a black jacket with a dark hoodie pulled up over his head, grey pants and carrying a leather satchel.

“The details surrounding this attack are deeply concerning. The level of violence that this man used over something as mundane as being accidentally bumped into is shocking," said Const. Mike Yake.

Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact Metro Vancouver Transit Police at 604-516-7419 or text at 87-77-77.

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