Vancouver Police look for more victims after making arrest for assault involving spitting

VANCOUVER Police have made an arrest in a random, unprovoked assault in downtown Vancouver over the weekend and are asking additional victims to come forward.

Daniel Bielewcz, a 28-year-old Vancouver resident, has been charged with assault after allegedly spitting in the face of a 19-year-old woman in a wheelchair. The incident happened just after 9 a.m. on Sunday, March 17 on Granville Street near West Georgia Street.

Video surveillance shows the suspect walking on the east sidewalk of Granville Street towards West Georgia Street, after the assault, where he then appears to spit on the chest of an elderly man walking by. When he arrives at the southeast corner of Granville and West Georgia, he seems to spit on two women walking past him. These three additional victims have not yet contacted police.

“These random assaults are very concerning,” said Sgt. Jason Robillard on Thursday. “We are urging the three additional victims to come forward, as their information could be crucial to the investigation.”

Anyone who may be a victim of this type of assault is asked to call Vancouver Police at 604-717-3321.

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