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Richmond RCMP seeking public’s help in identifying robbery suspect

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 2:31 PST, Mon January 24, 2022

Richmond RCMP investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect responsible for a series of recent robberies.

Police received reports that a man was entering businesses in and around Richmond Centre mall and demanding money around 5 p.m. on Jan. 15. In at least one case, the suspect made off with some cash after he allegedly produced a weapon, police said in a news release.

Our frontline investigators encountered a number of employees at several different locations who were visibly shaken after their interaction with the suspect. Fortunately, no one was physically harmed, and our Victim Services personnel have been engaged,” says Cpl. Ian Henderson.

Richmond RCMP’s General Investigations Section continues to investigate. While the investigation is still in its early stages, police are exploring the possibility that this same suspect may have been involved in two similar events reported later that same evening in Vancouver. 

Right now, we need the public’s help in identifying this man so we can prevent further robberies like these from occurring. His actions have caused a sense of helplessness and fear in our community, and we need the public’s help to address it, says Henderson.

The suspect is described as a 25- to 30-year-old Caucasian man, 170 to 178 centimetres tall (five-foot-seven to five-foot-10) with a medium build, a pot belly and a black beard. He was wearing a black baseball cap with a yellow logo on it, a navy or black puffy jacket, a white T-shirt with a cartoon figure on it, black pants and black shoes.

Anyone who may have information that may help to identify this suspect is asked to contact the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212, and refer to file 2022-1325. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crimestoppers at 604-222-8477(TIPS).

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