New Westminster – At approximately 10:00 am on June 23rd the New Westminster Police Department responded to a 9-1-1 call from a man who shared he was robbed of his cellphone and wallet by a man with a firearm. The victim shared with police that he was at 4th Avenue and Ash Street when the armed robbery took place. Police flooded the area and soon located someone matching the suspect description at 6th Avenue and 8th Street. The suspect fled from police and after a foot pursuit, he was arrested. An officer was transported to local hospital after sustaining an injury during the foot pursuit.
New Westminster Police Department officers will be recommending the following charges:
Assault contrary to Section 266 of the Criminal Code;
Robbery, contrary to section 344 (1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada;
Uttering threats contrary to Section 264.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
“Thanks to the officers who located and quickly arrested this suspect,” stated Sergeant Andrew Leaver. “At this time we believe the suspect is not known to the victim and that this was an unprovoked assault.”
The victim’s cell phone and wallet were returned to him. Officers canvassed the area for CCTV and additional evidence. Police are asking that anyone who may have witnessed this incident to share what they saw by speaking to officers at 604-525-5411.
CONTACT PERSON: Hailey Finnigan