Surrey woman charged after two people punched in face on SkyTrain

Tamara Robertson, 46, faces two assault charges after allegedly mocking deaf students and punching two people, including a 71-year-old man

A Surrey woman has been banned from taking SkyTrain on Saturday and Sundays

SURREY — A 46-year-old Surrey woman is facing two assault charges after two SkyTrain passengers – one a senior citizen – were punched in the face.

Police say the woman charged, Tamara Robertson, is well known to them.

On Feb. 17 at about 12:45 p.m., Robertson is believed to have boarded an eastbound SkyTrain at Commercial and Broadway Station.

Transit Police said she appeared to be drunk and was openly drinking alcohol on the train while “behaving in a loud and disorderly manner.”

Police say at Royal Oak Station, a group of deaf and hard-of-hearing students hopped on the train. The woman then allegedly moved close to the group and mocked the young people.

According to police, another passenger asked Robertson to stop and was punched in the face.

The victim suffered a concussion and a black eye.

Then, as the train approached Edmonds, a 71-year-old man got up to leave but Robertson was blocking his path, according to police. When he asked her to move, she allegedly punched him in the face as well. The senior suffered swelling and bruising to his nose.

At Edmonds Station, the victims got off the train and reported the assaults.

Robertson was apprehended walking along 108th Avenue after hopping off the train at Gateway Station.

Robertson has appeared in court and was released with numerous conditions including an order prohibiting her from using SkyTrain on Saturdays and Sundays.

She is scheduled to appear in Vancouver Provincial Court on Feb. 23.

Transit Police say they will seek to elevate one of the charges to assault causing bodily harm.

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