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New charge in alleged attempt to take baby in a stroller in downtown New West

Police officers also allegedly spat on
New Westminster Police Department car

A new charge has been added after an alleged attempt to take a baby in a stroller and a fight with a motorist were part of a random attack in downtown New Westminster on Jan. 14.

About 7:45 p.m. on Friday, Jan 14, the NWPD was called to the intersection of Sixth and Carnarvon streets for a report of a fight.

A suspect allegedly attempted to take a baby and a stroller away from their parents. When they fought off the suspect, Kumar said the man turned his aggression toward traffic an  slammed his hands on the hood of a vehicle, at which point the driver got out and confronted the suspect.

Kumar said New Westminster police officers arrived on scene and arrested a suspect, who allegedly spat on an officer while being arrested.

Since that time, an additional charge has been approved.

A 46-year-old New Westminster resident has now been charged with the following offences:

One count of Assault, contrary to Section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada;

One count of Assaulting a Police Officer, contrary to Section 270(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada; and

One count of Mischief, contrary to Section 430(4) of the Criminal Code of Canada

“We’re pleased that crown counsel has had a chance to revisit this file and approve an additional assault charge … for allegedly grabbing the stroller and baby’s jacket,” stated Sgt. Sanjay Kumar.