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Naked woman, two men in locked Vancouver business sparks police standoff

Police say it's unclear if a crime was committed but the woman has been taken to hospital to be checked out.

Police closed of a section of Robson Street near Hamilton  in downtown Vancouver on Friday during a bizarre incident involving a naked woman and two men in a locked business.

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Police closed of a section of Robson Street near Hamilton in downtown Vancouver on Friday during a bizarre incident involving a naked woman and two men in a locked business.

Two men have been arrested following a bizarre incident that drew a heavy police presence to downtown Vancouver on Friday.

Const. Brian Montague, spokesman for Vancouver police, said officers were called to a store on Robson Street near Hamilton shortly before noon when someone saw a foot behind the counter of the locked business and called 911.

When officers arrived, they saw a naked woman and a man walking around inside the shop.

Neither appeared to be in distress, but police negotiators were brought in to get the two people to unlock the door, said Montague.

At about 1 p.m., two men were taken into custody while exiting the back door of the business, he said.

Montague said the woman was reluctant to leave and appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Officers managed to take her into custody about five minutes later.

During the incident, police spoke with a representative for the store over the phone, who told officers that the store was closed and that no one was inside.

However, Montague said the representative turned out to be one of the men who was eventually taken into custody.

He said the man was inside the store while he told police that there it was empty.

Although she had no visible injuries, the woman was taken to hospital to be looked at by a doctor.

The two men were taken to jail to be interviewed, he said.

While it's still unclear if a crime was committed, Montague said investigators are interviewing all three people, as well as collecting physical and forensic evidence from the business to determine if charges could be recommended.

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