Subway restaurant in Abbotsford robbed for second time in 48 hours

A man who held up a Subway restaurant in the 2600 block of McMillan Road on Sunday night is believed to be the same suspect involved in a second armed robbery at that location on Tuesday.

A man who held up a Subway restaurant in the 2600 block of McMillan Road on Sunday night is believed to be the same suspect involved in a second armed robbery at that location on Tuesday.

Abbotsford Police are now asking for more witnesses and information in hopes of capturing the culprit, described as Caucasian, in his 40s, 5′ 3″ to 5′ 5″  tall, and with a scruffy beard. He was wearing a black hoodie during both robberies.

Both incidents occurred at about 10 p.m. – just before the restaurant closed for the night – and involved the man producing a handgun, demanding cash from an employee, and fleeing on foot. Const. Ian MacDonald said it is not yet known whether the gun used was real or imitation.

Also in both cases, a K9 unit was able to track the suspect’s path for only a short distance from the restaurant.

MacDonald said this is because the area of McMillan and Old Yale Road has a high volume of pedestrian and vehicular traffic which concealed the suspect’s scent.

On the plus side, MacDonald said the busy residential area means that the potential for witnesses is high. Police are hoping someone saw the man running away from the scene or perhaps riding away on a bicycle or getting into a car.

He said it is unusual for a suspect to target the same business twice in such a short time frame, but the man was likely desperate for drug money.

“He was successful the first time, so he (was) giving it another go.”

There were no customers in the restaurant during either incident, but a 22-year-old employee was working during both robberies. She didn’t witness the first robbery because she was at the back of the restaurant while a 17-year-old female was at the front.

During the second incident, the woman was at the front of the restaurant, while a 23-year-old male was at the back.

MacDonald said all the workers involved are shaken up, but are otherwise doing well and have been offered counselling support by their company.

He said crime analysts and major crime detectives are continuing to investigate and have compiled a list of possible suspects.

They are also going through surveillance video from the scene and surrounding businesses. MacDonald said they will attempt to identify the suspect internally and will only release images to the public if they are unable to do so.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.



Just Posted

Satwinder Bains of Abbotsford is the recipient of the 2021 aculty Service Excellence Award from University of the Fraser Valley. (UFV photo)
Satwinder Bains receives UFV Faculty Service Excellence Award

Bains has guided South Asian Studies Institute as director since 2006

The City of Abbotsford has prepared a draft Urban Forest Strategy that is now headed to public consulation.
Draft plan adopted for managing Abbotsford’s urban forests over next 25 years

Urban Forest Strategy now heads to public-consultation process

Country music star Chris Lane stops in Abbotsford next February. (Submitted)
Country music star Chris Lane coming to Abbotsford

Multi-platinum artist bringing ‘Fill Them Boots’ to Abbotsford Centre on Feb. 19, 2022

The Abbotsford International Airshow is back for 2021 with the ‘SkyDrive’ concept.
Abbotsford International Airshow returns for 2021 with ‘SkyDrive’

New format features a drive-in movie type experience, show set for Aug. 6 to 8

The intersection of Blueridge Drive and Blue Jay Street is one of three intersections in Abbotsford approved for traffic lights this year. (Google Street View)
Traffic signals approved at 3 Abbotsford intersections

Projects part of $1.45M in road upgrades around community

Maxwell Johnson is seen in Bella Bella, B.C., in an undated photo. The Indigenous man from British Columbia has filed complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission after he and his granddaughter were handcuffed when they tried to open a bank account. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heiltsuk Nation, Damien Gillis, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
VIDEO: Chiefs join human rights case of Indigenous man handcuffed by police in B.C. bank

Maxwell Johnson said he wants change, not just words, from Vancouver police

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Chief Rosanne Casimir stands outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after speaking to reporters, in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Kamloops chief says more unmarked graves will be found across Canada

Chief Rosanne Casimir told a virtual news conference the nation expects to release a report at the end of June

A woman wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. ranks among highest in world in COVID-19 first-dose shots: health officials

More than 76% of eligible people have received their 1st shot

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Online resource blends B.C.-Alberta’s Indigenous languages, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

An artists conception of the new terminal building at the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport.
Air travel taking off in B.C., but lack of traffic controllers a sky-high concern

There will be demand for more air traffic controllers: Miller

Canadian Armed Forces experts are on their way to North Vancouver after a local homeowner expressed worry about a military artifact he recently purchased. (Twitter DNV Fire and Rescue)
Military called in to deal with antique ‘shell’ at North Vancouver home

‘The person somehow purchased a bombshell innocently believing it was an out-of-commission military artifact’

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz have set their wedding date for February, hoping that more COVID-19 restrictions will have lifted. (The Macleans)
B.C. couples ‘gambling’ on whether COVID rules will let them dance at their wedding

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz pushed back their wedding in hopes of being able to celebrate it without the constraints of COVID-19

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says re-opening B.C.’s border to the U.S. ‘is not in our best interest’ right now. (B.C. Government photo)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry (B.C. Government photo)
B.C. records 113 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, 4 deaths

Vaccination of young people rising quickly, near 75 per cent

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read