Kamloops Mounties arrested a man about 20 minutes after receiving reports of an attempted robbery and a mugging downtown on Tuesday night.
Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said an employee of the Double Tree Hotel at St. Paul Street and Third Avenue called police at 11:20 p.m. to report a robbery attempt. The suspect had threatened to use a gun, but no weapon had been produced. The man eventually ran from the hotel without getting any cash.
While en route to the Double Tree Hotel, Shelkie said, an officer was flagged down by another person, who said he had just been mugged in the street.
The description of the suspect matched the description of the man who tried to hold up the hotel employee.
Shelkie said Mounties set up a perimeter and a man was found nearby matching the description of the suspect in both robberies. He was arrested without incident. No weapon was found on the suspect, but the stolen items from the mugging victim were found nearby.
The suspect is a 39-year-old Kamloops man who is known to police, though Shelkie said there is nothing to indicate a link to other street muggings that have occurred in Kamloops this year.
There were no injuries to either the employee at the hotel or to the victim who was mugged.
Charges will be determined by Crown counsel.