Man arrested after stealing woman's purse in West End Sunday evening

Jun 25 2018, 4:43 pm

A robbery suspect who allegedly pushed a woman to the ground and stole her purse on Sunday evening has now been arrested in connection with the incident.

According to Vancouver Police (VPD), the situation began just before 6 pm, when the 37-year-old victim was in an area near Cardero Street and Davie Street. Suddenly, a man “pushed her from behind, causing her to fall to the ground.”

The man then grabbed her purse at that point and ran off.

Police said several witnesses then “immediately jumped into action” by providing assistance to the victim and providing important information to the police.

“As soon as the suspect started to run off with the woman’s purse, she began yelling that she’d been robbed,” said VPD Const. Jason Doucette.

This, he said, “started a chain of events that led to several witnesses coming to her aid and our officers arresting the suspect.”

The 26-year-old suspect, a Vancouver resident, was arrested a few blocks away and taken to jail.

The woman received minor physical injuries and was treated at the scene by BC Ambulance.

Now, the VPD has recommended one charge of robbery against the suspect and he is scheduled to appear in court today.

“I’m sure this suspect will think twice before trying to steal another purse,” said Doucette.

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