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SkyTrain iPad theft suspect charged with robbery

05/17/2012 12:21 EDT | Updated 07/17/2012 05:12 EDT

One of two suspects alleged to have assaulted a woman in a wheelchair and stolen her iPad at a SkyTrain station last week has been charged with one count of robbery.

John Eugene Lagimodiere was charged Thursday morning. The 31-year-old suspect was arrested at a rooming house on Wednesday by Transit Police Const. Doug Spencer with the help of Vancouver police.

Court records indicate Lagimodiere has a criminal record stretching back more than a decade, primarily for charges of theft under $5,000, and has been in and out of jail several times.

Spencer said the suspect also appears to have mental health issues and a problem with drugs.

Police are closing in on the second suspect in the case and hope to make an arrest shortly, said Spencer.

The first suspect was arrested after television newscasts aired surveillance video images of the two suspects on Tuesday night.

Cassie Campbell was robbed last Thursday by two men at the Metrotown station in Burnaby at about 9:30 p.m. PT, just as a westbound train was pulling in.

Campbell, who is in her early 20s, has cerebral palsy, is deaf and cannot speak. The iPad was one of her only means of communication.

After the story was broadcast by CBC News, a viewer bought Campbell a replacement iPad. Campbell, speaking in sign language, told CBC News it was a horrible experience, but said she won't let it change the way she lives her life.

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