Two more suspects have been arrested in relation to the Nov. 7 robbery at PJ’s Park Avenue Foods. The two men are expected to appear in court today as Prince Rupert RCMP continue to search for the fourth suspect.
“We have leads on who the remaining suspect is, and our officers are working diligently today to get this third outstanding suspect in custody today,” Corporal Devon Gerrits said.
“We also want to thank the public. We took seven witness statements,” Gerrits said. “They played a major role in this as well. Without the public’s assistance, we wouldn’t be where we are right now.”
A machete and a baseball bat were used to rob PJ’s Park Avenue Foods on Tuesday evening, Nov. 7.
Following the armed robbery, Prince Rupert RCMP arrested a 27-year-old woman, who remains in custody and is expected to appear in court on Friday, Nov. 10. Police said three more suspects, believed to be male, were also wanted in relation to the crime.
At approximately 9:30 p.m. Nov. 7, RCMP received a call that three individuals demanded items from the convenience store. Corporal Devon Gerrits said two of the suspects were disguised in black and white bandanas, while another wore a skull mask. One carried an aluminium baseball bat, and another had a machete.
Someone from the store chased the suspects onto the trail behind Moresby Park, but then lost sight of them.
On their way to respond to the call, a police officer intercepted a woman and a man who were running, and she was able to arrest the woman, who had evidence that connected her to the robbery although she did not enter the store.
“Crimes of this nature will not be tolerated in our community,” Acting Detachment Commander Sgt. Jagdev Uppal said in a media release.
The RCMP are asking the public to call the Prince Rupert RCMP at 250-627-0700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) if they saw anything suspicious on Nov. 7 between 9 and 11 p.m. around Park Avenue, the Moresby Park trail and near McKay Street.
The media release on Wednesday, Nov. 8, said the robbery is believed to be an isolated incident, and there is no concern to public safety.