Police arrest suspect in four robberies

Three of the incidents took place in Abbotsford and one was in Chilliwack

Police arrest suspect in four robberies

Police have arrested a man suspected of four robberies that occurred in Abbotsford and Chilliwack within six days.

Russell Andrew Amos, 29, surrendered Thursday night after a two-hour standoff with the Abbotsford Police Department’s (APD) emergency response team at an apartment complex in the 33900 block of Old Yale Road.

The robberies with which Amos is suspected began July 10 at a pizza restaurant in the 33000 block of South Fraser Way.

A second incident took place at a gas station in the 1900 block of Sumas Way on July 12 at 10:30 p.m.

Const. Ian MacDonald said based on security video and valuable information and descriptions provided by witnesses, the suspect was quickly identified as the same person involved in the first robbery.

A third robbery occurred July 13 at a beer and wine store in the 45900 block of Hocking Avenue in Chilliwack. With the assistance of Chilliwack RCMP and continued investigation by APD major crime detectives, Amos was identified as the suspect.

Police began searching for him and checking possible locations where he might be hiding.

A fourth robbery took place on Thursday at 7 a.m. at a restaurant in the 2000 block of Sumas Way, and Amos was located later that day.

In all four robberies, the suspect either indicated he had a weapon or a weapon was displayed.

Amos has now been charged with four counts of robbery.

According to the provincial court database, he has an extensive criminal record, including convictions for assaulting a peace officer, mischief, theft, uttering threats, assault with a weapon, sexual assault with a weapon/threats/bodily harm, robbery, obstructing a peace officer, and breaching his bail and probation conditions.

Most of his prior crimes occurred in Victoria.