VPD: Calgary man facing charges of robbery, theft and assault


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Vancouver police have arrested a 23-year-old man from Calgary after he allegedly stole a purse, a van and robbed a restaurant.

Police say the man snatched a purse from a 64-year-old woman who was standing at the intersection of Main Street and East King Edward on Tuesday afternoon. There was a struggle and the woman fell to the ground as the man ran away with her purse. She was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Five minutes later a 1999 Toyota van was stolen after it was left running on Main Street near East 19 Avenue.

At about 4:25 p.m. the man was in line at a restaurant on Kingsway near Fraser Street and allegedly stole cash from the open register.

Witnesses chased the suspect and held him until the police came. Two of the witnesses received minor injuries during the altercation.

Police say Walker Franciscas Frijters remains in custody and has been charged with robbery, two counts of theft, assault, assault with a weapon, and assault causing bodily harm.

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Melissa is a reporter at Vancouver Is Awesome and has worked primarily in radio and online media. She grew up in Ontario, went to school in Halifax and worked in Northern B.C. before moving to Vancouver. If you've got a story to share email: melissa@vancouverisawesome.com