Suspect arrested within minutes of attempted bank robbery in New Westminster

AT approximately 3:30 p.m. on December 20, the New Westminster Police Department received a 9-1-1 call from a bank employee who reported that someone inside the bank had claimed they had a gun and demanded money before fleeing the area.

Officers rushed to the area of 6th Street and Sixth Avenue and arrested a suspect one block away.

“We thank staff at the bank who provided an excellent description of the suspect,” said Media Relations Officer Sgt. Justine Thom. “Key details about what this suspect was wearing and a physical description of the suspect helped officers identify and arrest this individual within minutes.”

The New Westminster Police Department would like to remind the public to call 9-1-1 if they witness a robbery in progress.