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VANCOUVER -- A 7-Eleven clerk held up with a knife and doused with lighter fluid during a hostage taking in downtown Vancouver Wednesday is safe after police arrested a suspect “barricaded” in the store.
Several passersby said police arrived at the Granville and Drake 7-Eleven shortly after 11:30 a.m. with guns drawn. Several loaves of bread could be seen scattered on the floor and a fire extinguisher was visible in front of the cashier counter.
Police said negotiators managed to get the man to release the visibly shaken woman and she was taken to hospital for minor injuries.
“Shortly after that, (the suspect) surrendered himself to police,” Vancouver police Const. Brian Montague told reporters.
He said the two know each other, though details are scarce and investigators are working to find out their relationship.
The 37-year-old man arrested has not been charged but remained in custody as of press time.