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Woman accused of tripping Burnaby senior now charged in third stranger assault

Hayun Song, 32, was charged last week in relation to an alleged random shoving incident at the Metrotown mall in March.
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Charges have been laid in an alleged stranger attack inside Burnaby's Metrotown mall in March.

Charges have been laid in an alleged stranger assault inside Burnaby’s Metrotown mall.

Lower Mainland resident and actor Zenia Marshall took to social media in March, saying she had been assaulted at the Metropolis at Metrotown mall on March 14.

She said she had been walking with a friend and the attack was “completely unprovoked.”

In subsequent media interviews, she said a woman “came out of nowhere” “bee-lined” towards her and shoved her with both hands “full force.”

"I'm okay, but I would hate to see anyone victim to her attacks in a situation more serious and life endangering,” Marshall said in her social media post.

On Friday, Hayun Song, 32, was charged with assault in relation to the incident.

Song has now been charged in three alleged random assaults on strangers in Burnaby, including the tripping of an 84-year-old woman who was using a walker near the Burnaby SkyTrain station in April 2020 and another assault involving a stranger in February 2021.

Last week, a warrant was also issued for Song’s arrest, after she allegedly breached her bail conditions by failing to report as directed to her bail supervisor and to attend forensic psychiatric services.

Provincial court Judge Jennifer Oulton, who issued the warrant, noted the Crown prosecutor considered the alleged breach “serious.”

“The forensic (psychiatric reporting) is a very important term of her release given these allegations and given the fact these were strangers,” Oulton said.

Song’s next court date is set for May 18 in Vancouver provincial court.

"Attempts are being made to get her into custody," said an emailed Burnaby RCMP statement.

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