A man has been arrested and is facing criminal charges after a violent commercial robbery near Granville Island earlier today.

Vancouver Police responded to 9-1-1 calls of a man with bear spray and a samurai sword at a business near West 3rd Avenue and Fir Street just before 10:30 a.m. The suspect fled, but VPD officers tracked him to the seawall near the Granville Bridge.  The armed suspect threatened to jump from the seawall into False Creek.

Officers from VPD’s Emergency Response and Crisis Negotiator teams were called to the scene and the man was taken into custody after approximately 90 minutes.

An ARWEN gun was deployed during the arrest.