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Alleged Vancouver mugger wore Darth Vader mask

By David P. Ball, 24 hours Vancouver

Note: suspect not pictured. (REUTERS FILE PHOTO)

Note: suspect not pictured. (REUTERS FILE PHOTO)

Yoda said in Star Wars that “once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny,” a warning police are hoping won’t happen as the force is now with a 20-year-old woman arrested for pulling an alleged robbery while wearing a Darth Vader mask.

According to the Vancouver Police Department's Sgt. Randy Fincham, the 23-year-old female victim was walking near Wolfe Avenue at Oak Street when a masked suspect approached her with a fake handgun demanding money at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

“It wasn't until she saw a firearm pointed at her that she handed over her small amount of money she had,” Fincham said. “And Darth Vader ran off.”

Police are recommending robbery and weapons charges against the woman, a Vancouver resident. The Criminal Code states that a replica firearm still counts as a “weapon-related” offence, Fincham said. He said it's an example of a speedy response when people phone 9-1-1. In the suspect's case, she was arrested still wearing her mask.

“The mask will be seized as evidence,” Fincham said, adding that disguises are not uncommon for thieves. “But when you have a notorious villain mask walking around the street, and it's not Halloween, it tends to stick out.”

Sunday saw Star Wars fans around the world don film costumes to mark May 4 under the slogan “May the fourth be with you.”





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