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Vancouver Police arrest suspect in double murder

Vancouver Police have arrested a man for a double homicide in East Vancouver on Tuesday. He has been charged with two counts of second degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

Joseph Holland, 43, of Vancouver, was arrested Wednesday night in Harrison Hot Springs by the RCMP’s Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team, with assistance from Chilliwack and Agassiz RCMP, and the VPD’s Emergency Response Team.

The two homicide victims have been identified as 72-year-old Dennis Wragg and 68-year-old Paul Tonks. Both are from Vancouver.

Vancouver Police responded to the murders on Monday morning and subsequently identified a vehicle-of-interest. The vehicle was recovered in Chilliwack on Wednesday.

These two homicides are Vancouver’s sixth and seventh homicides of 2020. Holland is in custody.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact detectives from the VPD’s Major Crime Section at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.