Man charged with robbery in east Vancouver and arrest of teenage girl

A man accused of robbery on Wednesday is also suspected of chasing a girl near a school bus stop in the same east Vancouver neighborhood, according to the Vancouver Police Department.

Officers initially responded at 7:25 a.m. to the beverage tobacco area at 11320 NE 49th St. for reports of a theft and assault. Police then received a call regarding a man, similarly described as the theft suspect, chasing and grabbing a girl in the same neighborhood.

The man, later identified by police as Kim K. Karuo, stole another man’s hat after punching him in the face, Vancouver police said. Police arrested Karuo and said he was probably intoxicated and suffering from a mental health crisis.

Police located the girl, who told them the suspect grabbed her arm, police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.

According to Evergreen Public Schools, the school bus arrived before anyone was injured, and the bus driver “took quick action” to get the student on board. The district emailed families about the incident and identified the girl as a student at Henrietta Lacks High School. The district said the man who caught her was a stranger.

“We always want our students to be vigilant,” said district spokesperson Craig Birnbach.

Karuo was held in Clark County Jail on suspicion of third-degree assault, second-degree theft and resisting arrest in connection with the drinking tobacco area incident, according to files from the court. A probable cause affidavit indicates that Karuo kicked the officer who arrested him and attempted to remove his arms from the handcuffs.

Kapp said the report on the bus stop incident was not complete on Friday afternoon.


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