A man has been arrested after a day-long stand-off with police.
The man, as yet unidentified, entered the TD Canada Trust bank in Newton at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Staff and customers of the bank left immediately.
Police arrived and surrounded the bank, however, it wasn’t until about 2:20 p.m. they were able to secure the suspect’s capture. No one else was found in the building.
At the peak of activity, about 30 police cars surrounded the financial institution.
Numerous police resources, including the Lower Mainland District Emergency Response Team, Police Dog Services and a police negotiator were actively involved.
One officer with a 12-gauge shotgun, another with either an M-16 or M4 Carbine, and at least one sniper, all trained their weapons on the bank.
Police shut down 72 Avenue at 137 Street for the better part of the morning and afternoon.
At one point, RCMP sent in a police robot in advance of entering the building themselves.
Investigators continue to gather evidence and speak to potential witnesses. Road closures will remain in effect until further notice.
Anyone with more information about this incident is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.