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Citizen’s arrest ends hour-long Vancouver crime spree

File photo. Police have arrested and charged a 23-year-old Calgary man. File / Global News

A 23-year-old Calgary man has been nabbed after an hour-long Vancouver crime spree where he allegedly snatched a purse, stole a van and robbed a restaurant before being caught by nearby witnesses.

It all started on Tuesday at around 3 p.m. on Main Street and East King Edward Avenue where a man allegedly grabbed the purse of a 64-year-old woman from behind. The woman struggled before she fell to the ground and was taken to hospital with minor injuries while the man took off with her purse.

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A few minutes later, police received reports of a stolen 1999 Toyota van that was taken after it was left running on Main Street near East 19th Avenue.

Shortly after that, a man in his 20s was allegedly seen robbing a restaurant cash register on Kingsway near Fraser Street, before two individuals chased the man and eventually held him down until police arrived.

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

Frijters remains under police custody,

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