19-year-old man arrested after threatening people with knife in downtown Vancouver

Dec 20 2018, 8:24 pm

A 19-year-old man from Surrey is in custody after threatening the people with a knife in downtown Vancouver early Thursday morning.

According to VPD, the man was walking along West Hastings and Seymour Street around 7 am threatening people with a knife in hand.

Officers were able to locate the man quickly but he refused to listen to direction from police and kept the knife in his possession.

Police then used a beanbag gun and a taser to take the man into custody. He was transported to hospital for assessment.

“Our officers responded quickly to a very dangerous, dynamic situation. They used their training and experience to resolve this incident without serious injury to anyone involved,” said Sgt. Jason Robillard, of VPD, in a release.

VPD says that criminal charges related to weapons and assault are anticipated to be laid against the man.

One pedestrian reported minor injuries but refused medical treatment at the scene. No other injuries were reported and the VPD is continuing its investigation.

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