Vancouver Police have arrested a 28-year-old man for allegedly committing a series of purse snatchings in the city’s Chinatown neighbourhood.
According to police, the Surrey resident was arrested following an extensive operation involving undercover officers that began on Monday.
The man was arrested after an attempted sixth snatching at approximately 3 p.m. today, when police witnessed a man robbing an 85-year-old woman at the intersection of Gore Avenue and Keefer Street. The woman sustained minor injuries after she was pushed to the ground by the suspect.
The snatchings began last Wednesday and all involved elderly Asian women as victims. In the first five attacks, two women incurred minor injuries”
- The first robbery happened on October 28 around 5 p.m., when an 80-year-old woman was walking in the 200 block of East Pender Street. A man came up behind her, pushed her to the ground, and took off with her purse. She suffered a minor injury to her knee and was treated at the scene by paramedics.
- The second robbery happened on October 31 around 5:30 p.m. A 91-year-old woman was walking in the 500 block of Main Street when a man approached her from behind and violently tore her purse from her shoulder, knocking her to the ground. She also suffered a minor knee injury and was taken to the hospital for treatment.
- The third robbery occurred just 15 minutes after the second attack. A woman was walking in the 600 block of Jackson Street when a man approached her from behind and ripped the purse from the 81-year-old woman’s shoulder. She ran after the robber, but lost him as he fled southbound on Jackson Street.
- The fourth robbery happened on November 1 around 5 p.m. when a 59-year-old woman was walking in the area of Gore and East Cordova Street, when she was approached from behind, pushed and her purse was snatched from her shoulder. She was not injured.