Police arrest man accused of pointing replica gun at people in Downtown Eastside – BC

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Vancouver police have arrested a man accused of pointing an imitation gun at two people in the city’s Downtown Eastside.
Police say the man first targeted two women exiting a ride-share vehicle near Powell Street and Heatly Avenue around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday.

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In a media release, police said the suspect pointed the gun at one of the women’s heads and said something about her being a police officer. Story continues below advertisement

The women, who weren’t police, got away from the man and called 911.

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“Obviously this is terrifying. These two women minding their own business had this man not known to them come up and point what appeared to be a firearm,” Const. Tania Visintin said.“This is absolutely frightening but thanks to their quick thinking they were able to call our officers immediately.”Police say the suspect then assaulted and pointed the gun at a man sitting at a nearby bus stop.

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Officers flooded the area and arrested the suspect near Hastings and Gore streets around 3:45 p.m.The man has since been charged with two counts of assault with a weapon, two counts of using an imitation firearm in the commission of an offence and one count of assault. Story continues below advertisement

He remains in custody pending a court appearance.

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