Two Good Samaritans stabbed while helping nab a Facebook Marketplace robber: VPD

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Two Good Samaritans who helped Vancouver police nab a violent robbery suspect on Boxing Day evening are recovering from stab wounds.

Police say the pair came to the aid of a 36-year-old man who had arranged to meet at Olympic Village with a potential buyer of an item offered on Facebook Marketplace.

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The transaction went south when the supposed buyer pepper-sprayed the man and tried to take off without paying.

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A number of people who saw what happened chased down the suspect and subdued him until police arrived.

“These bystanders acted bravely and decisively to help a fellow citizen in need, and we commend their courage,” said VPD Sgt. Steve Addison in a news release Wednesday.

“While we never want people to put themselves in harm’s way, we appreciate the quick thinking of these Good Samaritans, who worked together to subdue the suspect while our officers were rushing to respond.”

Addison said “we recognize the risks they took to help someone they didn’t even know,” and said their selfless actions stopped the crime and possibly prevented others from falling victim.

“We’re saddened that two Good Samaritans were assaulted in the process and we wish them a full recovery.”

The injured are workers who were in the village making food deliveries when the assault and attempted robbery took place at about 7:40 p.m.

They heard someone calling for help and saw a suspect trying to flee into a nearby taxi. A third bystander who was running errands nearby also helped give chase.

One worker was stabbed in the hand while the other suffered a stab wound to the shoulder. Both are being treated in hospital.

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