Woman allegedly attempted to push pedestrians off Canada Place pier

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UPDATE – The police have since confirmed that the 20-year-old suspect has now been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and assault. She remains in custody until her next court appearance on March 8.

The VPD are looking for witnesses and other potential victims after a bizarre assault at Canada Place last night.

Shortly after 10 p.m on Monday, February 29, police received calls about an assault that occurred near Canada Place and Burrard Street. Those reports indicated that a woman was allegedly attacking pedestrians in the area and attempted to throw at least one individual, a 31-year-old woman, off the pier and into the water below.

The woman fled the scene but officers were later able to locate the 20-year-old after searching the nearby area. The suspect was taken into custody and initially brought to hospital where she reportedly kicked an 88-year-old woman lying on a nearby stretcher in the head. Fortunately, the woman was not seriously injured.

After the hospital incident, she was taken to jail but subsequently transported back to hospital for treatment of self-inflicted injuries.

Police will be recommending several charges against the 20-year-old woman, who is new to Vancouver, but has had extensive and violent police contact in other provinces. They are also looking to identify additional witnesses and potentially other victims who left the area prior to the arrival of police.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the VPD Major Crime Section at 604-717-2541.

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