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Homeless man charged after robbing bookstore with kitchen knife

A homeless man robbed Spartacus Books using a kitchen knife similar to the one shown here (Flickr/yashima)

A homeless man appeared in court Monday morning after being arrested for allegedly robbing a bookstore on Oct. 22 in Vancouver’s downtown eastside.

Spartacus Books, a volunteer run bookstore, was closing for the day at around 6:30 p.m. when a man carrying a kitchen knife walked in and demanded money.

He took money from the cash register and fled the scene but was caught by police minutes later outside the Ray Cam Community Centre.

36-year-old Jatin Patel is charged with robbery and possession of a weapon.

Officers were able to recover the money and the knife. No-one was injured in the incident.

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