Violent crime spree across Metro Vancouver ends with arrest in Surrey

Violent crime spree across Metro Vancouver ends with arrest in Surrey

The man believed to be responsible for a series of violent carjackings in Richmond and Vancouver Sunday evening has been arrested in Surrey.

Police say the grey Honda Civic they were looking for was located in Surrey and an arrest was made shortly before midnight.

The suspect, described as a white man in his early ’30s, about six feet tall and with a heavy build, was reportedly arrested at 108th Avenue and University Drive in Whalley.

PHOTOS FROM THE CRIME SPREE

The mayhem began in Richmond at around 6:45 p.m., when a speeding black Ford Geo rear-ended a minivan on the East-West Connector’s exit ramp to Highway 99.

The impact of the crash propelled the minivan, which was carrying a family of three, more than 100 metres down the highway, where it landed on its roof, said Shields. Two of the three passengers were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Geo ended up in a ditch and its driver ran to a nearby home in the 4200-block Deerfield Crescent, where he knocked on the door and stabbed the homeowner, a man in his ’60s, and stole a grey Honda Accord.

The homeowner was taken to hospital in serious condition.

The man then drove to Vancouver, where he was involved in a head-on collision near 27th Avenue and Victoria Drive just after 7 p.m., said Vancouver Police.

He ran to Victoria and Kingsway where he allegedly tried to rob a man at an ATM machine. Afterwards, the man crossed the street to an Esso gas station where he allegedly tried to steal another vehicle with two children, age seven and 10, in the back seat.

The driver of the vehicle managed to get the two kids and his wife out of the car. He sustained minor injuries.

The suspect was believed to have been armed with a knife or a screwdriver.

Both Vancouver police and the RCMP were involved in the manhunt.

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