Woman attacked on SkyTrain over mask dispute on Monday

Metro Vancouver Transit Police say a woman was attacked on SkyTrain on Monday after she confronted a couple for not wearing masks.

Police say the incident happened at around 7:20 p.m. on a train travelling east toward Burnaby.

The woman told police she asked two maskless passengers who were sitting close to her if they had masks that they could put on.

“To which they replied with, ‘What’s it to you?,’ ” Transit Police said in a statement.

Police say the female suspect then got out of her seat and struck the woman, knocking her to the ground. Both suspects then allegedly hit the woman while she was on the floor before they exited the train at Metrotown Station.

Police say the victim wasn’t seriously injured.

“The circumstances surrounding this incident are troubling. Violence in any form will never be tolerated, especially when it’s unprovoked and results from a reasonable expectation that masks be worn on transit during a pandemic,” Transit Police spokesman Const. Mike Yake said in a statement.

Failing to wear a mask on transit may result in a $115 fine.

Police say the first suspect was described as being a white woman in her early 20s, about 5-foot-5 with a medium build and long dyed red hair. She was wearing a black coat with writing on the sleeves and red track pants.

The second suspect was a white man, between 25 and 30 years old, who stood 5-foot-10 with a medium build and short brown hair. He was wearing a dark jacket and jeans.

Anyone with information regarding the assault can contact Transit Police at 604-515-8300 or by text at 87.77.77.

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