|RCMP walk a handcuffed suspect to a police car after he was arrested at gunpoint Thursday afternoon. A man walked into the Scotiabank Dilworth Plaza location nearby, pushed his way behind the counter and took money from the till.|
A man was arrested at gunpoint by RCMP
during a dramatic takedown in broad daylight nearby.
The man, who appeared to be middle-aged, walked into the bank shortly before 3 p.m. According to police, he forced his way behind the counter where he scooped up an unknown amount of money before fleeing on foot with a
bystander in hot pursuit.
"He entered the bank and pushed his way behind the tellers and started grabbing money," said RCMP Cpl. Bill Parmar. "A customer who was in the bank followed him outside into the alleyway. A struggle ensued with the suspect, and he was able to get away southbound through the alleyway in an attempt to flee.
"He was taken down at that point and arrested. It happened within minutes of the robbery ... Fortunately we had members in the vicinity and we had a quick response and we were able to arrest him safely."
The suspect was arrested about 150 metres away from the Scotiabank, near the entrance to several condominium apartments near the corner of Dilworth Drive and Baron Road behind a Bank of Montreal location.
"I saw an unmarked police car pull up ... and I saw the RCMP member tell him to hit the deck and don't move," said an apartment resident, Jerry, who declined to give his last name. "He was still kind of squirming (on the ground). I guess he took a fall not realizing the cement dips down, so the officer drew his gun on the other side of the car and told him to "Stay put, don't move, don't move.
"Every time he tried to wiggle and move, it must have been seven or eight times, the officer yelled, 'Don't move,' till help came by. That was probably a good five minutes, but he did what he had to do, and that was protect yourself as well."
Several officers were involved and a police dog was brought in to assist in evidence recovery, while other police interviewed bank employees and witnesses and gathered more evidence at the Scotiabank.
The suspect was examined by B.C. Ambulance personnel before being bundled into a police car, while another crew examined an individual at the Scotiabank location.
According to Parmar, it was unknown whether the suspect was armed or indicated he had a weapon, but the investigation was continuing.