Robbery suspect nabbed as he flees scene

An undercover officer in the area of the Abbotsford bank notices suspicious activity and detains the man and an accomplice

A quick-thinking undercover police officer nabbed a robbery suspect on Friday afternoon just as the Abbotsford Police Department (APD) was receiving details on the incident from bank staff.

The officer had seen the man removing his jacket as he was running towards a taxi, and he then broadcast his observations over his police radio. The officer stopped the cab after it drove away, and detained the man and a woman who were in the vehicle.

Additional APD officers arrived on scene and assisted with the arrest of the pair.

That’s when the story became more clear for the undercover officer.

Const. Ian MacDonald said the 22-year-old male suspect had apparently entered a bank in the 31900 block of South Fraser Way at about 4 p.m., approached a teller, and handed over a note demanding cash. He also implied that he had a weapon.

He then fled the bank and ran to a taxi that had been waiting nearby.

Investigators were still taking statements from witnesses when the suspect and an 18-year-old woman were arrested.

MacDonald said the suspect is well-known to Abbotsford Police and was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for breaching his probation. The woman has no previous criminal history.