Black Man Assaults Asian Mother and Her Child in Vancouver Chinatown

July 21, 2022

VANCOUVER, B.C.—Vancouver Police are searching for additional witnesses after an Asian mother and her toddler were struck and knocked down by a suspect running through Chinatown earlier this month.

“This assault occurred in a busy neighborhood and was witnessed by about a dozen people,” says Sergeant Steve Addison. “Although we’ve spoken to some witnesses, we’re still collecting evidence and we’d like to hear from others who saw or heard what happened.”

The assault occurred after Vancouver Police responded to reports of a shirtless Black man walking in traffic and kicking cars around 10:45 a.m. on July 9. The suspect allegedly kicked one car so hard that it caused a dent in one of the doors.

Responding officers arrived on the scene and the suspect took off running through Chinatown, striking a 40-year-old mother and her toddler who were standing on the south side of East Pender, near Gore Avenue. The mother was knocked to the ground and struck her head. The child suffered multiple scrapes, according to VPD.

The suspect was taken into custody moments later on Main Street.

Shakwan David Kelly, 27, was taken to jail by Vancouver Police and then released from custody after being charged with mischief, assault, and obstructing a peace officer. However, he failed to return for his scheduled court appearance on July 12 and is now wanted.

Witnesses of the assault are asked to call 604-717-4021.

Feature Screenshot via VPD

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