Man charged in what Vancouver police call ‘purely unprovoked’ stabbing of homeless man


VANCOUVER  (NEWS 1130) — A man is facing charges, after a homeless man was stabbed in East Vancouver in what police are calling a “random and purely unprovoked” attack.

Brent Courtenay, 33, was charged with assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon Friday.

On Sept. 27 the victim was stabbed in the back while walking near East Pender Street and Woodland Drive, according to a release from the Vancouver Police Department.

“This attack was random and purely unprovoked on a person without a home. The victim and suspect did not know each other,” writes Const. Tania Visintin. “Our patrol officers worked with experts from our investigative section to put forward the best package to Crown in order to take this suspect off the streets.”

The man who was stabbed was taken to the hospital after the attack with life-threatening injuries.

Courtenay was released from custody Saturday, and will be back in court Dec. 10.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

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