Man charged in random, violent bus attacks named

19-year-old Surrey man Steven Fayant remains behind bars and will appear in court again on Tuesday

 

The 19-year-old Surrey man charged in connection with the choking of a bus driver and stabbing of a passenger has been held in jail.

Steven Fayant is charged with aggravated assault for the stabbing of a 41-year-old Langley man who was getting off the bus near Aldergrove Centre Mall on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Fayant is also charged with assault in connection with strangling a Surrey bus driver on Feb. 18.

The suspect, who is known to police, made his first court appearance in Surrey Provincial Court on Friday, where a judge remanded him in custody. He makes another appearance on Tuesday (today).

Langley RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Holly Marks said that Fayant was arrested shortly after midnight last Thursday at his Surrey home. He did not resist arrest.

Police from Langley, Surrey and the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team took part in the apprehension.

The arrest was made possible after a Langley Mountie recognized the man from surveillance footage provided by TransLink.

Court documents show that Fayant was charged with being in possession of break-in tools on July 28, 2011, and charged three days later for a break in. On Sept. 25, 2011, he was charged with assault. All of these alleged offences took place in Langley. Those charges are still before the courts.

The victim of the stabbing wasn’t known to the suspect and it isn’t known what provoked the stabbing, said police. He was stabbed in the back as he was getting off the bus. The victim’s brother gave chase but the assailant got away.

The 41-year-old victim was flown to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He has since been released from hospital and is expected to recover.

In the Surrey incident, the bus driver said he asked a young man to move down the bus which the suspect complied with. He later returned to the driver and started choking him. The assailant suddenly let go and ran off the bus.