Pepper-spraying, carjacking, and multiple collisions in downtown Vancouver: citizens help police arrest suspect

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      Thanks to help from bystanders, a suspect involved in a carjacking that led a crime spree across downtown Vancouver this morning has been arrested.

      Around 8:40 a.m. today (September 21), a man called the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) after he was pepper-sprayed in a parking lot at Cambie and Pender streets by another man who then stole his car.

      According to the VPD, the suspect drove erratically to West Georgia and Hamilton streets where he collided several times, including one involving a pedestrian. The pedestrian was taken to hospital with serious injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

      When the suspect left the vehicle, a group of construction workers chased after him. The suspect sprayed the construction workers but they were able to hold down the man at Hamilton Street near West Georgia.  

      A 27-year-old suspect was taken into custody. The investigation is continuing on but the VPD expects officers to recommend several charges.