Man charged in Burnaby after alleged racial abuse

Police have arrested a 45-year-old man allegedly involved in a number of serious incidents in Burnaby this week – including hurling racist and sexist remarks around on a transit bus.

The racist tirade was caught on video and has been circulated on social media.

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Burnaby RCMP say they received a report just before 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon that a man had racially abused a member of the public and then assaulted them in the area of Parker Street and Alpha Avenue.

Officers responded to the area and located the suspect in the 4400 block of Hastings Street.

After his arrest, police were approached by staff from a nearby liquor store who said the man had stolen liquor from the business just before police arrived.

Later in the evening, just before 6 p.m., Burnaby RCMP got another call from a woman saying she’d witnessed a man making racist and sexist comments to people on a transit bus earlier that day.

Investigators determined it was the same man, according to an RCMP press release.

“Police are also aware of a video currently circulating which shows a portion of this incident,” stated the release. “This video will be used as part of the police investigation.”

The suspect, 45-year-old Raul Miguel Rubio-Alabau, has been charged with one count of assault, one count of mischief, one count of theft under $5,000 and one count of uttering threats.

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