New Westminster – On August 29th at approximately 5:00 pm, the New Westminster Police Department received a 9-1-1 call about a robbery in progress. A man allegedly entered the store, and punched a sales clerk in the face before leaving without paying for his merchandise. Witnesses pointed NWPD officers to a bank vestibule where the suspect was believed to be. Officers identified themselves from outside the bank vestibule and provided instructions to the suspect so he could be safely taken into custody. The suspect threatened the officers, and made racist comments towards them. Officers deployed OC pepper spray before arresting the suspect.
“I want to say to all the front line customer services workers in the city that we see how hard you’re working and you deserve to be treated with dignity and respect,” stated Sergeant Sanjay Kumar. “Furthermore, racist comments directed at our officers, or anyone in the community, are completely unacceptable.”
28 year old Gregory West has been charged with the following offences:
One count of Theft Under $5000, Contrary to Section 334 (b) of the Criminal Code of Canada
One count of Assault, Contrary to Section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada
One count of Mischief, Contrary to Section 420 (4) of the Criminal Code of Canada
One count of Uttering Threats, Contrary to Section 264.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
CONTACT PERSON: Sergeant Sanjay Kumar