One-man crime spree

Vancouver police have arrested a suspect following a one-man crime spree involving a carjacking, multiple collisions and assaults in the downtown core Friday morning.

Const. Jason Doucette said at around 8:40 a.m., the VPD received a call from a man reporting he had just been pepper-sprayed in the parking lot at Cambie and Pender streets by a man who then took off in the victim’s car.

“The suspect drove erratically to the area of West Georgia Street and Hamilton, where he was involved in a number of collisions, including with a pedestrian,” said Doucette. “The suspect jumped out of the vehicle, and when a group of construction workers gave chase, they were also pepper-sprayed. They were still able to hold the man for police at Hamilton near W. Georgia.”

The 27-year-old suspect is in police custody.

“The pedestrian was rushed to hospital with serious injuries, but they are believed to be non-life-threatening,” said Doucette, adding it is very early in the investigation, but officers will be recommending a number of charges.

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