Man charged in triple-carjacking attempt in Vancouver
Sgt. Randy Fincham. (24 HOUR FILE PHOTO)
An alleged carjacker and car battery thief is facing a raft of charges after someone attempted to commandeer three getaway cars along Grandview Highway Sunday.
The drama unfolded around 4:30 p.m. after a suspect wearing a mask allegedly stole a car battery from Canadian Tire, attacked two security guards with it, and proceeded to rip open a woman's car door as she was stopped at a red light. When she sped forward — crashing into a stopped taxi — airbags in her vehicle and in the taxi deployed, and a failed attempt to take over the taxi led the suspect to leap onto the hood of a passing SUV.
“'Go! Go! Go! Drive!'” the suspect allegedly shouted at the driver, according to Vancouver Police Department spokesman Sgt. Randy Fincham. A nearby off-duty VPD officer held the suspect on the road until uniformed police arrived.
Vancouver police filed charges of robbery, assault with a weapon, disguising a face with the intent to commit a crime, theft and obstruction against Giovanni Nehemiah Isaias Campbell, 36, on Monday.
“Fortunately in this case, there was an off-duty police officer in the area that saw the commotion, saw what was going on,” Fincham said. “When you're a police officer, you don't just work a nine-to-five job. Our officers are out there 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In this case, the officer was able to de-escalate the situation before it became any worse.”
Fincham said that carjackings are rare in Vancouver.
“Definitely having your doors locked is one thing ... when you're driving will prevent someone from opening your door,” he said. “This woman attempted to drive away, which is the right thing to do. Be mindful of what's around you, but in the grand scheme of things the collision and damage is repairable and replaceable.”