Transit choking, stabbing suspect remains behind bars

Half a dozen court appearances so far for Surrey's Steven Fayant

The 19-year-old Surrey man charged in connection with the choking of a bus driver and stabbing of a Langley passenger remains behind bars.

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

Fayant is also charged with assault in connection with an attempt to strangle a Surrey bus driver on Feb. 18.

He has made more than half a dozen court appearances since his arrest on Feb. 23. He appeared in court again on Tuesday and will be back March 20 to fix a date for his trial.

Fayant’s arrest happened after a Langley Mountie recognized the man from surveillance footage provided by TransLink.

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 is expected to make a full physical recovery.

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

Fayant has a criminal history and is before the courts for unrelated break-in charges in Langley.