An unmasked 48-year-old West Vancouver man was arrested after he allegedly spat in the face of another man in Metrotown Mall in Burnaby.
On March 22, shortly after 11 am, police received a report of an assault that had taken place at the Metropolis mall at Metrotown where a man allegedly spat in the face of another man.
Burnaby frontline investigators responded and arrested a 48-year-old West Vancouver man, and charged him with contravention of the Emergency Programs Act.
The Burnaby RCMP have been made aware of a video circulating on social media that captures a portion of the incident, says Corporal Brett Cunningham of the Burnaby RCMP.
Our investigators are gathering additional evidence and will determine whether assault charges are appropriate, police said.
The man was released from custody a short time after his arrest and an assault investigation is ongoing.
Burnaby RCMP and COVID Compliance Enforcement Team continue to conduct regular patrols through businesses including in Metrotown, says Graham De la Gorgendiere, Officer in Charge of the Burnaby RCMP.
“This incident is an example of how quickly a situation can escalate. If you encounter someone who is not abiding by the laws, please contact the police and avoid any confrontation,” he said.