First a robbery and then a standoff

It began with the robbery of an Abbotsford pizza restaurant and ended almost six hours later when the subject of a police standoff was found hiding in a refrigerator.

The busy shift for Abbotsford Police started just before midnight on Tuesday, when Abby Pizza Place at 33995 Old Yale Rd. was robbed.

Const. Ian MacDonald said the restaurant was occupied by two owners and a customer when a man carrying a gun demanded cash and then fled in an SUV.

Witnesses provided a description of the vehicle to police, who tracked it down about 30 minutes later parked in the area of George Ferguson Way and Tims Street.

As marked patrol cars set up in the area around the SUV, a man who came from a home in the 32100 block of George Ferguson Way walked up to it and proceeded to get in the driver's seat. The 30-year-old man was immediately arrested.

Police then set up containment around the home, which appeared to have two other people inside.

A woman who came out of the residence was detained, but the other occupant refused to surrender, and the Municipal Integrated Emergency Response Team was called in.

The roads were blocked off for hours during the standoff, which ended at about 5:45 a.m. Wednesday when police entered the home.

A 31-year-old man was found hiding in the refrigerator.

"The clue (to police) was all the food and all the racks lying on the floor," MacDonald said.

He said the two men are well-known to police, with the 31-year-old having more than 80 interactions on file. No charges have yet been laid, but police are continuing to investigate the links between the two men and the robbery at Abby Pizza Place.

They are also looking into whether there are any connections to a robbery that occurred Sunday night at the Domino's Pizza at 32465 South Fraser Way. In that incident, the male suspect did not use a weapon.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225.

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