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Suspect in Burnaby mall stranger assault spree arrested

Burnaby RCMP still looking to speak with at least two other victims.
Burnaby RCMP has arrested a suspect in connection a Metrotown stranger assault spree last week. 

A 30-year-old suspect has been arrested in relation to a Metrotown stranger assault spree last week. 

And Burnaby Mounties are still looking to speak with the other victims and witnesses to the incident.

At roughly 9:30 a.m. on Thursday (April 20), police got a call about an assault in progress inside the Metrotown mall, according to an RCMP statement.

An 89-year-old woman had been walking through the mall, according to police, when a stranger came up and pushed her to the ground.

She was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening head injuries.

Investigators, after looking at mall security video, determined the suspect had also pushed a man seconds before assaulting the woman.

The suspect exited the mall near the bus loop and then pushed another man before proceeding toward the SkyTrain station, according to police.

Burnaby RCMP says through tips from the public, police obtained higher-quality images of the suspect from the day before. 

After receiving another tip from the public, front-line officers located and arrested a 30-year-old suspect on Monday (April 24), according to spokesperson Cpl. Mike Kalanj. 

Investigators are still looking to speak with the two other victims and anyone who might have witnessed the incidents. 

Anyone who witnessed the assaults or was assaulted by the suspect is asked to contact Burnaby RCMP at 604-646-9999 and quote file number 23-12960. 

- with files from Cornelia Naylor, Burnaby NOW