Vancouver police arrest man who is a person of interest in an alleged stalking incident

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The woman says she's unsure how long the man had been following her before she pulled out her phone to record the frightening incident. (iammjammbamm/Instagram - image credit)
The woman says she's unsure how long the man had been following her before she pulled out her phone to record the frightening incident. (iammjammbamm/Instagram - image credit)

Vancouver Police have arrested a 33-year-old man they have identified as a person of interest in an incident where a woman was followed in Chinatown earlier this week.

The man was arrested Friday morning after assaulting a different woman in downtown Vancouver, according to VPD spokesperson Const. Tania Visintin.

"From this investigation, officers have identified a person of interest in the stalking case," she said in a news release.

Earlier this week, Jamie Coutts posted a video to social media in which she described being followed by a stranger for 40 minutes as she walked through downtown late Wednesday afternoon.

The video shows a masked man walking a few metres behind her for several blocks until the woman approaches a group of people for help.

Coutts later contacted police, who immediately launched an investigation.

VPD says the man is being held in jail and that assault charges have been recommended to Crown counsel.

Police also say the investigation into the stalking file is ongoing.