Mina Bahmanyar, 59, pulled out her pepper spray when a man tried to rob her on Wednesday evening. ((CBC))

The 59-year-old Vancouver shopkeeper who tangled with a convicted killer on Wednesday night is talking about her dramatic role in his recapture.

Downtown convenience store owner Mina Bahmanyar says Daniel Perrault walked into her store on Wednesday evening and demanded money from the till.

"He said, 'I told you, put all the money in the bag.' I said, 'Are you kidding me?'"

She says the man then pulled out a box cutter, but she was prepared for him.

"I had pepper spray, and suddenly I thought I should use that. I think he was a little bit in shock that I would do something," she said. "And then I sprayed on his face, twice, and then he ran away."

Bahmanyar chased the man out onto West Cordova Street, screaming. This got the attention of some nearby security guards who caught him.

"He ran up the stairs and I was shaking. I just kind of fell on the stairs and they told me they caught him," she said.


Vancouver police had released this photo of Daniel Perrault prior to his recapture. ((Vancouver Police Department))

Perrault has history of violence

The 33-year-old Perraulthad walked away from his halfway house in Vancouver earlier this week.

He had been jailed for manslaughter for stomping a man to death in 1991. Two years later, he was released on a temporary absence, but failed to return.

A short time later, he turned himself in and was sentenced to 45 days in jail. Then 10 days later, he escaped, and committed a brutal sexual assault and wassentenced to 14 years.

This past May the National Parole Board released Perrault to the Vancouverhalfway house.

However, documents obtained by CBC News show that just two months before his release, a psychological assessment hadwarned that he was at moderate to high risk to reoffend for violent and sexual crimes.

A spokeswoman for the board says itplans to review Perrault's file in the next couple of months.

Police say he nowfaces several new charges.