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Vancouver police seek suspect in assault over mask dispute

Vancouver police are trying to identify a man who assaulted a woman near the running track between Clark College and Hudson’s Bay High School after the two argued about his not wearing a mask.

The victim was taken to a local hospital with unspecified injuries. She has since been released, police said.

Police responded Wednesday to the assault near the corner of McLoughlin Boulevard and Fort Vancouver Way. Upon arrival, officers learned that a woman and man got into an argument while exercising at the track.

The argument stemmed from the man not wearing any type of face covering or observing social distancing guidelines for protection against the novel coronavirus, according to a police news release.

The woman then went to her parked car, and the man followed her. He struck her multiple times and kicked her in the head and upper body while she was on the ground. The man and a female companion then fled the area in a black SUV, the news release states.

A photo of the suspect, released by police, shows him making an obscene gesture to the camera.

Police are attempting to identify both the assault suspect and female who was with him. Anyone with information should contact the police department and reference case #20-11279.


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