Public transit can be stressful on the best of days, but this incident might just take the cake. Earlier this month, a Vancouver man was arrested for threatening transit passengers with a knife because they complained that his music was too loud. The man allegedly brandished a large knife telling passengers that he would cut them. The Canadian has since been arrested.
It all went down when this SeaBus passenger loaded onto the public transit alongside other commuters. The ferry was set to cross between North Vancouver and Waterfront Station in Vancouver.
The man began to make a scene when he started playing loud music through a speaker. One passenger, in particular, noticed and decided to do something about it.
According to North Shore News, as the SeaBus came to dock, the passenger approached the man and asked him to turn down his music or put headphones in.
An argument quickly followed after this request. Due to the increasing intensity, another passenger stood up to intervene.
This is when the man playing the music decided to pull out a weapon – allegedly a folding knife with a 3 to 5-inch long blade. He then began to wave it around and threaten other passengers that were not involved in the argument.
North Shore News has stated that the man was allegedly yelling things like “What if I put this in your ribs? How do you think that’s going to feel?”
He also threatened to throw those who were questioning his loud music over the boat and into the Burrard Inlet.
The suspect, Oliver Frank Thomas, is a 26-year-old from North Vancouver. He has since been arrested by Vancouver Transit Police with threatening and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
He is set to appear in court later this month on May 24, 2019.