Cross this Hotel Off Of Your Olympic Trip Planner

Below is a moment from Vancouver's Eastside. What I like is how chaotic this scene must have been -- people bleeding and fighting. A woman takes off down the stairs on a bicycle only to get it jammed in a door frame.

On our last trip into Vancouver we accidentally went through the Downtown Eastside. It wasn't surprising, but it was amazing. Wifey's favorite was a guy at a bus stop who had pieces of bread in front of him as he spoke tenderly to one special bun in his hands:

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Vancouver police say a woman is in serious condition after being attacked by a man wielding a machete.

Const. Jana McGuinness said Thursday that the 39-year-old woman had major surgery after the machete sliced through her shoulder and into her collarbone.

McGuinness said the attacker went after the woman after he'd been slashed in the forehead in an altercation with someone else in The Arco, a hotel near the Downtown Eastside on Monday night. The Arco is a single-room-occupancy hotel purchased by B.C. Housing to house for the homeless.

The man was bleeding heavily when he picked up a machete and began chasing two women through the hallway, McGuinness said.

When a third woman heard the commotion, she grabbed a bicycle and tried to flee down a staircase.

"The bicycle became lodged in a door frame between the second and first floor and that's when the man raised the machete for an overhead strike," McGuinness said in a news release.

"The attacker continued down to the first floor in pursuit of the other women but soon returned to his room when they could not be found."

The injured woman made her way down to the front desk and called 911.

Melvin Lee Carothers, the 58-year-old man, who is known to police, was treated in hospital before being taken to jail, McGuinness said.

He has been charged with one count of aggravated assault and two counts of assault with a weapon.

McGuiness said several witnesses have refused to co-operate with police.


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