Moped driver flies into road rage, threatens Langara student with knife, police say

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The moped driver arrested on campus Tuesday approaches the victim (seen in the background),  saying, "Oh, you're calling 911?" PHOTO: Jennifer Thuncher
The moped driver arrested on campus Tuesday approaches the victim (seen in the background), saying, “Oh, you’re calling 911?” PHOTO: Jennifer Thuncher

Vancouver police arrested a man on the Langara College campus Tuesday after receiving a report of an angry moped driver threatening a student with a knife.

The suspect was driving a moped when he reportedly cut off a cyclist, who a was a Langara student.

The young man followed the student onto campus in what police said may have been a fit of road rage.

“You know the way road rages are now, people get really stupid about it,” said VPD Const. Tony Chambers. “It escalates more and more.”

The suspect, wearing a suit and a helmet, threatened the student, calling out, “I just wanna know why you kicked me,” according to The Voice reporter Jennifer Thuncher, who saw the men arguing.

The victim remained calm as he phoned the police at around 9:45 a.m., witnesses said. The victim said the moped driver threatened him with a knife.

Although the verbal altercation did not lead to violence, Chambers said the police were concerned at the initial report. Police take on-campus security threats very seriously, given the prominence of school shootings in the media, he said.

The suspect appeared in handcuffs outside the campus security office as police officers spoke with him. “Everything’s on the video. Check the video,” he said in a choked voice.

It appears the suspect is not a Langara student, Chambers said.

Reported by Kevin Hampson 

 

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