Suspect in bank robbery arrested

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RCMP on Monday announced that Eric Kumar, 25, of Surrey has been arrested and charged in the August 10 bank robbery thanks to help from the public and media.

Following the publication of a news release, officers received information from the public allowing them to quickly locate the alleged suspect in the Abbotsford area. On August 18, officers from the Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit arrested the suspect without incident.

Kumar has now been charged with three counts of robbery and one count of use of an imitation firearm while committing an indictable offence. He is currently in custody pending his next court appearance.

On August 10, at 3:50 p.m., RCMP received a report of a bank robbery near the intersection of 120th Street and Nordel Way. The suspect produced a weapon and threatened staff before fleeing the scene. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident.

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Surrey RCMP Robbery Unit obtained a surveillance photo and released it to the media along with the suspect’s description as a South Asian male in his early 20’s, with a thin build. He was wearing a black and red jacket with white stripes and “West Coast Selects FC” on the upper left chest.

“Thanks to some observant members of the public and our media partners, our officers were able to quickly apprehend the suspect,” said Surrey RCMP Cpl. Scotty Schumann. “Our Robbery Unit has a very high clearance rate for solving financial institution robberies and bringing those responsible to justice.” – CINEWS

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