Vancouver Police searching for Jeep driver

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Vancouver Police are searching for the driver of a Jeep after a man attempted to get into the vehicle at Pender and Renfrew Streets following a series of violent incidents yesterday afternoon.

Around 4:30 p.m. on March 31st, police responded to disturbance on a bus at East Hastings Street near Windermere where a man had allegedly assaulted a woman.

The man got off the bus near Renfrew Street, walked to East Pender and tried to get into a Jeep stopped at a stop sign. The man was not able to get into the locked Jeep and the driver took off.

The suspect went to a nearby Petro Canada Gas Station where he allegedly opened the door of a vehicle that had a mother and a baby inside and he tried to take the mother’s purse. He was scared off by the father when the father returned to the vehicle.

Unable to get the purse, he shifted his attention to a patron who was filling her car with gas, ripping the nozzle from her hands and spraying gas on the ground. He then fled the gas station.

The man was ultimately taken into custody a short distance away with the assistance of a police K9 unit, where he allegedly punched and kicked the police dog as officers attempted to make the arrest. Officers later determined that he was wanted on two BC wide warrants.

Twenty-year-old Robert Thomas Becking has been charged with uttering threats, causing a disturbance and resisting arrest. He has been held in custody pending his next court appearance scheduled for this afternoon.

Becking is white, 6 feet tall, with a medium build and brown hair. During the incidents, he was wearing a white golf shirt and tan or khaki shorts.

Police are appealing for the driver of the Jeep to contact the Vancouver Police at (604) 717-3321.

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