27-year-old man charged for Vancouver carjacking and pepper spray attack

Sep 26 2018, 1:40 am

A 27-year-old Vancouver man has been charged for a violent carjacking and pepper spray attack that took place in the city’s downtown core last week.

On Friday, September 21, Vancouver police received a call around 8:40 am from a male victim reporting he had just been pepper-sprayed in the parking lot at Cambie and Pender Street by a man who then stole the victim’s car.

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The suspect sped down the area of West Georgia Street and Hamilton, where he was involved in a number of collisions, including with a pedestrian, “who was near the roadway, not doing anything wrong,” said VPD Const. Jason Doucette, in an earlier release.

The suspect jumped out of the vehicle, and when a group of construction workers gave chase, they were also pepper-sprayed. Despite this, they were still able to hold the man until police arrived on the scene minutes later.

Police have charged Jesse William Swain with the following:

  • Three counts of assault with a weapon
  • Robbery
  • Dangerous driving causing bodily harm
  • Failing to stop at an accident scene involving bodily harm
  • Failing to stop at an accident with a vehicle
  • Theft under $5000

Swain remains in custody.

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