Nelson police release details of armed robbery suspect’s arrest

Nelson Police said man leaped from bridge during arrest attempt. He is now in custody and in hospital.

  • Apr. 25, 2014 6:00 p.m.

Nelson Police Department has released some of the details surrounding the arrest of a man who is allegedly responsible for Friday’s armed robbery at the Nelson and District Credit Union.

Officers pursued and located the male suspect on a bridge in the Bonnington Dam area. The man did not comply with officers’ commands to stop and he subsequently jumped over the bridge landing approximately 30- to 40-feet below. He sustained significant injuries and after he was taken into custody, he was sent to hospital for treatment.

Due to the injuries sustained to the male suspect, the Independent Investigations Office of BC (a civilian-led organization that investigates police-related incidents that involve death or serious injury) was notified of the incident, and have asserted jurisdiction in the matter and will be investigating whether police actions contributed to the man’s injuries.

Nelson Police Department remains responsible for all concurrent investigations into the actions of the suspect. RCMP Forensic Identification Unit was also on scene to assist with the follow up investigation.

Officers also arrested a female suspect allegedly involved in the robberies.

“Nelson Police Department would like to sincerely thank members of the general public for their diligence in forwarding information which assisted with the arrest of these individuals,” Nelson Police Sergeant Janet Scott-Pryke wrote in a media release.

“NPD would also like to thank the RCMP for their assistance at the scene as well as subsequent follow up investigation.”

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