South Asian arrested after failed bank robbery

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Surrey, February 19 (CINEWS): RCMP said on Tuesday that a male suspect was arrested without incident at about 2:20 p.m. following an attempted bank robbery in the 13600-block of 72nd Avenue in Newton in the morning.
He was identified as Manpreet Singh on Wednesday by CTV that said he has been charged with robbery and possession of a weapon.
CTV also interviewed a customer, Ranjit Singh, who said he was mistakenly arrested by police as the suspect when he emerged from the bank. He was made to get down on his knees and officers allegedly pushed him around. Fortunately, some bank employees came out and told police that he was a customer. Singh wants an apology from police.
At approximately 8:30 a.m., RCMP received multiple calls about a robbery in progress at a TD Canada Trust bank branch at this location. All staff and customers were evacuated. Officers secured the area and set up a perimeter to ensure public safety. Police were not sure if the suspect was armed or even if he was still inside.
Numerous police resources were pressed into service, including the Lower Mainland District Emergency Response Team (ERT), Police Dog Services (PDS), and a police negotiator.
No other person was located inside the building, said Cpl. Scotty Schumann.

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