Arrest made after man seen with replica gun near Pacific Centre Mall

Oct 22 2021, 4:31 pm

A man who was allegedly pointing what appeared to be a gun near Pacific Centre Mall in downtown Vancouver on Tuesday has now been arrested by Vancouver Police.

The incident happened around 10:15 am on October 19, when a witness saw a man walking by Nordstrom, just north of Granville Street, putting a mask over his face and walking into Pacific Centre Mall, according to VPD.

Police say the 54-year-old man who was arrested on Thursday night was actually in possession of a replica handgun.

While replica handguns aren’t quite as deadly as a real gun, they can still cause significant harm, depending on the model.

“We are very thankful for the heads-up person who recognized the suspect and called our tip line immediately, “said VPD Constable Tania Visintin, in a statement.

Firearm-related charges have been recommended to Crown counsel, according to the statement.

Security footage showed a man walking along Granville Street with a replica gun, seemingly pointing it at the public.

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VPD

A surveillance video showed the man making obscene, and threatening gestures, like using his finger to cut across his neck.

The video of the incident can be seen here.

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VPD

The suspect remains in custody.

Amir AliAmir Ali

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