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Man with violent past arrested after hotel standoff with Vancouver police

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After a long standoff, Vancouver police have arrested a man in a Downtown Eastside hotel following an alleged early-morning assault.

Constable Brian Montague of the Vancouver Police Department said the 53-year-old man was taken into custody at the Roosevelt Hotel shortly after noon on Monday.

He said the incident began at about 4:30 a.m. After the man confronted a woman at the hotel and allegedly "punched her in the face."

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Const. Montague said police negotiators and mental health workers were called in after the man barricaded himself in his room.

"The man has a lengthy criminal history. He has mental health issues and has committed previous unprovoked and random attacks on his victims," said Const. Montague.

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Mark Hume is a National Correspondent for The Globe and Mail, based in Vancouver, writing news and feature stories on a daily basis about his home province of British Columbia. His weekly column, which often challenges the orthodoxy on environmental issues, appears every Monday. More

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