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Two suspects involved in assault and robbery on a bus identified by Transit Police

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New Westminster: Two suspects alleged to be involved in a violent assault and robbery on a bus in Surrey on March 20, have been identified by Metro Vancouver Transit Police and charged with multiple offences. On March 25, 2018, Transit Police appealed to the public for help in identifying two suspects allegedly involved in the violent assault and robbery against a 61-year-old woman, which resulted in a cracked sternum and a broken arm. The appeal led to a flood of over 100 tips.

The two suspects have been identified as Cristina Sasha Ponce and Dylan James Miranda.

Miranda, 34 years of age, a resident of Surrey and well known to police, turned himself in to police last week and, after being interviewed, was initially released on a Promise to Appear relating to a recommended charge of Mischief. After a thorough review of the file, Crown Counsel has now issued an arrest warrant for Miranda for charges of Assault, Theft and Mischief. He is scheduled to appear in Vancouver Provincial Court today, at 1:30 pm, on an unrelated matter.

Ponce, 28 years of age, a resident of Surrey and known to police, turned herself in to Transit Police yesterday and was interviewed by Transit Police detectives. She has now been charged with Robbery, Assault Causing Bodily Harm, Uttering Threats to Cause Death or Bodily Harm and Theft. Ponce has been remanded into custody with her next court appearance scheduled for April 6, 2018, 9:30 am, in Surrey Provincial Court.

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