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Two knife incidents, two arrests

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A man was arrested after reports of someone was wielding a butcher knife at Brentwood mall Sunday afternoon.

Burnaby RCMP says it received numerous calls just after 12:30 p.m. about a man brandishing a butcher knife at the North Burnaby mall.

As officers responded, more calls came in reporting that mall security staff were chasing the suspect.

Multiple police agencies, including Burnaby RCMP and Transit Police, converged on the area and within minutes the man was arrested on Willingdon Avenue about a block south of Lougheed Highway.

It was a very positive outcome, given the circumstances, and fortunately there were no injuries, said Burnaby RCMP Staff Sgt. Ghalib Bhayani.

A few days earlier, Burnaby Mounties were dealing with another knife incident, this time a stabbing near Metrotown mall early Saturday morning.

Shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday, officers responded to a report of a man being stabbed in the 4400-block of Beresford Street.

The victim was taken to Royal Columbian Hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

The suspect was identified and arrested shortly afterwards in the 6500-block of Kitchener Street.

The suspect and victim are well-known to each other, said Burnaby RCMP, and police believe the attack was an isolated incident.

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