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Man accused of threatening to stab SkyTrain attendant with used syringe

Last Updated Jan 18, 2018 at 1:59 pm PDT

(Photo by Dustin Godfrey for NEWS 1130)

Man accused of holding used syringe inches from a SkyTrain attendant's neck

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A man has been arrested in connection with a frightening incident on the SkyTrain last month.

Transit Police say at about 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 11, a young woman with her two young children were on the SkyTrain at Broadway and Commercial when a man boarded and crouched down next to her. The woman saw the man had a needle, containing blood and some kind of white substance, in his arm.

She got off the SkyTrain at Main Street – Science World. “And advised a SkyTrain attendant as to what was happening. The SkyTrain attendant boarded the train and as it left the station he radioed for Transit Police to attend.”

The suspect apparently moved aggressively towards him, holding the used syringe about four inches from the attendant’s neck. He’s accused of repeatedly threatening to stab him with the syringe for calling for help from Transit Police.

The attendant said he didn’t call the police which led to the suspect backing up a bit. He got off the train at Stadium Station and took off.

Earlier this month, Frederick Kenneth Joyce, 35, was arrested on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. He has been charged with assault with a weapon and uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm.