Vancouver police officers surrounded a community centre where a man was believed to have been holding a three-year-old boy hostage late last night.

Witnesses say the man walked into the Ray-Cam Community Centre, located in the city’s Downtown Eastside, with a large knife and began yelling.

They say he grabbed the boy who was sitting next to his mother and ran down to the centre’s basement.

The man apparently did not know the child beforehand.