Surrey man facing charges in Newton bank standoff

Manpreet Singh, 32, has been charged with four offences relating to a Feb. 16 robbery at TD Canada Trust.

Manpreet Singh

Charges have been laid against a Surrey man in relation to a six-hour standoff at a Newton bank last Tuesday.

Manpreet Singh, 32, has been charged with two counts of robbery, mischief and possession of a weapon.

It all began about 8:30 a.m. Feb. 16, when a man walked into the TD Canada Trust at 72 Avenue and 137 Street in Newton.

He allegedly demanded cash from two of the tellers, then wandered into a staff area of the building.

Seeing an opportunity, customers and staff left the building.

Police arrived before the suspect could get out.

At the peak of activity, nearby roads were blocked off and about 30 police cars surrounded the TD branch.

Numerous police resources, including the Lower Mainland District Emergency Response Team, Police Dog Services and a police negotiator, were actively involved.

At one point, RCMP sent in a robot in advance of entering the building themselves. The robot, from E-Division’s bomb disposal unit, was able to capture video images and communicate with anyone in the bank. However, it was not able to locate anyone inside.

That’s when the emergency response teams went in to find anyone who might be hiding out of sight.

At about 2:20 p.m., police found the suspect in the bank, armed with a sword. No one else was in the building.

Singh is expected to appear in court today (Tuesday).

He is not known to police.

Surrey RCMP describe the incident as extremely rare, as the suspect remained at the scene for so long.

It’s being chalked up as a victory for all parties involved, as the volatile situation concluded with no injuries.

“The public can certainly count it as a win, because nobody was hurt,” said Surrey RCMP Cpl. Scotty Schumann. “Similarly, a win from the police perspective, because nobody was injured, and they were able to resolve the situation peacefully.”

Singh is currently being held in custody.

 

Just Posted

Teen stabbed at Surrey’s Unwin Park

17 year old was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries

North Delta teacher nominated for provincial award

Seaquam Secondary’s Michael Iachetta has been nominated for his work on social equity in schools

No WorkSafeBC orders issued after ruptured water main damaged White Rock theatre

Investigation confirms that the water line ruptured as a result of pressure testing

City offering relief for North Delta residents affected by Surrey townhouse fire

Delta will waive fees and expedite permits for those rebuilding from the July 5 blaze

3 ‘Dream Home’ lottery prizes located in South Surrey

Proceeds support BC Children’s Hospital

Environment Canada confirms Ottawa area hit by two tornadoes Friday

At one point more than 200,000 hydro customers were blacked out

Whitecaps see playoff dreams fade after 2-1 loss to FC Dallas

Goal in 87th minute seals Vancouver’s fate

Porsche impounded for going 138 km/hr in 90 zone during charity rally

West Vancouver Police said wet roads and heavy rain made it extra dangerous

B.C. students send books to displaced students of Hornby Island school fire

Maple Ridge elementary school teacher says students learned about acts of kindness

Phase 2 of $1.35B Royal Columbian upgrades won’t be a public-private partnership

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix says it will be a design-build

Trump drains oxygen from Trudeau foreign policy with PM, Freeland bound for UN

A lot has changed since the Liberals came to power in Canada in 2015

B.C. man fined $15,000, barred from trading securities for fraud

Larry Keith Davis used money from an investor to pay personal bills

Emergency crews investigate small sulphuric acid spill in Kootenays

IRM states a small volume of less than one cup and three dime-sized drips were leaked from carrier

Most Read