Suspect in custody after alleged armed robbery of Castlegar man
An individual believed to be responsible for carrying out an armed robbery Thursday evening, in downtown Castlegar, remains in custody as police continue to investigate, according to Castlegar detachment commanding officer Sgt. Monty Taylor.
“On Feb. 25, just before 9:30 p.m., Castlegar RCMP responded to the 1100-block of 4 Street in downtown Castlegar for a report of an armed robbery just committed,” Taylor said. “A Castlegar resident was walking home when he was confronted by a lone male suspect, allegedly armed with a knife and a canister of bear spray.
“The suspect, who allegedly threatened violence and demanded money from the victim, fled on foot northbound with a small amount of cash. The victim was not injured during the incident.
“The suspect was described to police as a Caucasian man, of thin build, 25-35 years of age, who stands approximately 6 feet tall. At the time of the incident, he was seen wearing a black rain jacket, dark colored jeans, a pair of work boots, a black face covering or neck warmer, a black toque and carrying a back pack.
“As a result of the investigation conducted by front line RCMP officers, an individual who matched the suspect’s description was located and apprehended in the area. The 43-year-old Castlegar man was taken into police custody without incident.
“The police investigation is continuing at this time. Anyone with any additional information, including any video surveillance of the incident or the suspect in the area is asked to contact the Castlegar RCMP at 250-365-7721.”