Vancouver police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man they believe is responsible for seven violent robberies, five of which happened in the past week.

 

Const. Jana McGuinness said the robberies have taken place mostly in southeast Vancouver at convenience stores, gas stations and small restaurants.

 

“The commonalities is (the suspect) goes into the store, pulls out a large hunting knife, keeps it pointed on the clerk and helps himself to the money in the till,” McGuinness said.

 

“We believe he’s escalating in violence and the frequency of robberies.”

 

The man is also the suspect in an attempted carjacking, which happened on East 10th Avenue on Monday afternoon.

A man approached a woman in a parking lot, held a knife toward her and demanded her van. She ran off to call police and the would-be thief fled.

“This is a crime of opportunity. He needs quick cash and he’ll do whatever he can to get it,” McGuinness said.

“He’s quite recognizable and we’re hoping the public can give us a hand in identifying him.”