Updated: Security camera considered for Langley City bus loop

 

Langley RCMP have a suspect in custody after a stabbing in broad daylight at the Langley City bus loop Tuesday morning.

At about 11 a.m., the victim was stabbed a number of times, said Cpl. Holly Marks, spokesperson for the Langley RCMP.

The attack took place near the Logan Avenue bus loop.

The attack was witnessed by on-duty police officers from one of the Lower Mainland’s special police units, said Marks.

The officers followed the suspect from the scene of the crime and arrested him.

The suspect was then turned over to the custody of Langley Mounties.

According to Langley City Fire Chief Rory Thompson, the victim has wounds to his neck and chest. He is in his late teens or early 20s.

He said that it appeared the victim would survive. City firefighters were the first medical responders to arrive at the scene, followed by B.C. Ambulance paramedics.

The suspect is a man in his early 20s. Both he and the victim are known to local police, said Marks.

“Presently, the victim is not overly co-operative with the investigation,” said Marks.

This is not the first problem with violent crime at the downtown bus loop.

In May, an intoxicated passenger attempted to attack two bus drivers, then tried to stab a passenger and finally took a swing at a third driver before being arrested.

In 2008, a man was swarmed by teenagers and hit in the head repeatedly with a bottle.

In 2007, a teenager pummelled a middle-aged man with a skateboard and put the victim into a coma for two days.

In the wake of those incidents, questions were raised about whether TransLink should have a security camera at the site.

Although the camera was not installed due to privacy, there have been changes downtown that put a greater focus on security, including the area around the bus loop, said acting Mayor Ted Schaffer.

“The city has been working very hard with the RCMP and TransLink,” said Schaffer.

He noted that there were police at the scene for Tuesday’s attack, leading to a quick arrest.

Meanwhile, there have been augmented RCMP patrols in the downtown, and the City has hired a security guard who patrols on foot and a bylaw officer who works Saturdays and weekends, putting more eyes in the area.

The issue of video surveillance has been raised again with TransLink.

“That’s what they’re looking at right now,” said Schaffer.

The City already has cameras at locations where people gather outdoors, like Douglas Park, McBurney Lane, and around the City Hall and Library.

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