Hate crime unit probes beating of security guard
Vancouver police are seeking a suspect in the violent assault and robbery of a security guard and are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.
Police released surveillance images of a suspect in the incident, which took place about 4:30 a.m. PT Aug. 4 at a residential tower in the 500 block of Pacific Street, Const. Jana McGuiness said in a release Friday.
The Hate Crimes Unit has also been asked to look into alleged comments overheard during the assault and robbery, McGuinness said.
The nature of the assault was so violent and alarming that two Good Samaritans intervened, calling 911 to report the incident, McGuinness said.
McGuinness said the guard was allegedly punched and kicked repeatedly, and endured multiple knee strikes to his body and facial area over several minutes. The assailant then stole the guard's wallet and cell phone as he left the building.
He was then taken to hospital for treatment and has since been released.
Anyone with information about the identity of the man seen in the surveillance images is asked to call Vancouver police or Crime Stoppers.