Man with no fixed address charged after alleged robbery of senior, assault on guards at Vancouver library

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      A man is facing charges after he allegedly robbed a senior at the Vancouver Public Library.

      The suspect also allegedly assaulted security guards at the library.

      The Vancouver Police Department announced in a media release Tuesday (January 25) that the 29-year-old man “with no fixed address has been charged with assault with a weapon”.

      The incident appears to have happened at the library’s central branch downtown.

      “VPD arrested the suspect Friday [January 21], after he allegedly kicked open a stall door and stole a laptop from a 74-year-old man, who was using the lower-level washroom inside the library,” the release stated.

      Two security guards tried to stop the suspect from leaving the scene.

      The man allegedly pulled a weapon and fled.

      “The suspect tried to run from police, but was tracked down near the library and arrested following a foot chase,” the VPD stated in the release.

      In a separate media release on January 25, police said that they have identified and arrested a person who allegedly attacked a person outside Hotel Georgia on New Year’s Eve.

      Steven Forbes, 50, has been charged with one count of assault, the VPD revealed.

      The alleged assault happened on December 31, 2021.

      A 22-year-old woman was walking along West Georgia Street, when she “lunged at, grabbed, and thrown to the ground by a man she did not know”.