Two men have been arrested and a woman has been taken to hospital following a suspicious incident which saw Vancouver Police shut down an area of Robson Street between Homer and Hamilton on Friday.
Armed police officers shut off the area as the incident unfolded, but the street was quickly re-opened at around 1:17 p.m.
The large police presence was in response to “suspicious circumstances” that resulted in two men being arrested and a woman being taken to hospital for precautionary reasons.
“Shortly before noon, someone observed a foot behind the counter of a locked business on Robson near Hamilton Street and called 9-1-1.,” Constable Brian Montague said in a press release. “When officers arrived, they observed a naked woman and one man walking around inside the shop. Neither appeared to be in distress.”
According to Montague the VPD and police negotiators attended the scene and attempted to have those inside unlock and exit the store.
At about 1:00 two men were taken into custody exiting the rear of the business. The woman was reluctant to exit and appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Officers managed to take her into custody about 5 minutes after the two men.
During the incident, police spoke with a representative for the store over the phone. He indicated the store was closed and that no one was inside. However, he turned out to be one of the men who was eventually taken into custody and had been in the store while informing police the business was empty.
Although she had no visible injuries, the woman was taken to hospital to be looked at by a doctor. The two men were taken to jail to be interviewed.
It is still unclear if a crime was committed and investigators will interview all three people as well as collect physical and forensic evidence to make that determination.