Vancouver police investigate possible hate crime after man attacks with bear spray – BC News

Attacking a possible hate crime

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Vancouver police are investigating a possible hate crime after an elderly man was sprayed at a bear in the city’s Chinatown.

They say the 87-year-old victim lived in the area and was out for a walk Friday morning when a stranger started making racist comments and sprayed him in the face.

Police say the suspect left the scene and has not been identified.

They say the victim was traumatized but not seriously injured.

Police say they are looking for a man about six feet tall and in his 30s or 40s, who was wearing a black jacket, dark-colored pants, a gray baseball cap, gray shoes with red trim and white soles, and he was carrying a black backpack

They say they have stepped up patrols in Chinatown and are working to address community concerns such as graffiti, street riots and racist incidents.

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