Man accused of threatening people with hammer outside B.C. Cancer Agency

Police have arrested a man accused of threatening two people with a hammer outside the Cancer Agency building in Vancouver.

Investigators said the man approached the victims as they were exiting the building around 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The two people retreated inside the building and called police.

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“It’s an unusual location as well as an unusual situation,” Const. Tania Visintin said, adding that the incident appeared to be random.

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“Circumstances that led up to the incident, why this person picked these two in particular, we still don’t know.”

Officers arrested a 44-year-old man who is known to police. He has been charged with assault with a weapon and remains in custody.

Visintin said police did not believe there was an ongoing threat to anyone using the building.

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