The suspect in an East Vancouver assault that was caught on video Thursday has turned himself in, and is apologizing for his “horrible behaviour.”
Police say the incident happened at Main St. and King Edward Ave, after two men “exchanged words.”
Ray Hsu, a UBC professor of poetry and justice, says he was getting off the bus when he was pushed by someone – he took the man’s photo, and a scuffle ensued.
Hsu suffered only minor injuries, but told CKNW he was particularly disturbed that no one had stepped in to help.
A short video of the incident appears to show another man assaulting Hsu by holding him in a chokehold, before swinging him around.
Police say following an appeal to the public, the suspect turned himself in Friday night.
In an email to CKNW, a man claiming to be the suspect says he regrets his actions.
“I regret my actions and would like to apologize to the other party but have been instructed by police to not make contact with him even indirectly,” states the email.
“I am in my 50s, have no criminal history, not even an arrest, have worked full-time with the general public for the same employer for many years and my horrible behaviour- as caught in the video – is highly uncharacteristic,” it goes on to say, before offering an explanation.
“I believe the mitigating factor is a new prescription medication I have been taking for the last eight weeks to address a physical ailment but which comes with a list of common side effects that may easily be interpreted as mimicking symptoms of mental illness. I am reaching my doctor today to inform him of what has happened and will be asking for time off work until the problem is addressed.”
In a post to Facebook, Hsu says he has made a statement to police and is pressing charges against the suspect.
The VPD says the incident remains under investigation.