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B.C. man arrested in connection to 2018 armoured guard robberies and bank explosions

For Immediate Release: 12-Mar-2019 @ 12:07 PM
MRU #: R19R001  

The Edmonton Police Service Robbery Section has arrested and charged a 38-year-old male from Salmon Arm, B.C. in connection to a pair of armoured guard robberies and bank explosions that occurred in 2018.

“This arrest came about as a result of some excellent police work from the EPS Robbery Section and many areas within our police service,” says Staff Sgt. Rob Mills, of the EPS Robbery Section. “We’re grateful to our RCMP law enforcement partners in Salmon Arm, B.C. who also played a key role in bringing our investigation to a successful conclusion.

“We believe the accused was planning another incident, and we’re happy that we prevented another attack.”

On Sept. 19, 2018 at approximately 2:35 a.m., two armoured guards were making their deliveries in an armoured vehicle at a financial institution located near 27 Avenue and 141 Street. As the first employee entered the vestibule an explosion occurred disorientating both employees, who then drew their firearms. The two armoured guards were uninjured, and no deposit money was lost during the attack.

On Dec. 13, 2018 at 2 a.m., a second incident occurred at another Edmonton financial institution located near 81 Street and 160 Avenue. Again, two armoured guards walked into the vestibule of the bank, when an explosion detonated knocking one of the employees to the ground. The second employee retreated from the bank to obtain cover, when a second explosion occurred.

The male suspect is alleged to have entered the vestibule, grabbed the deposit bag and ran to a pick-up truck parked nearby. The armoured guards were treated and transported to hospital for non-life-threating injuries.

An ongoing investigation by Robbery Section detectives culminated with EPS Tactical members arresting 38-year-old Justin Byron, of Salmon Arm, B.C., on Monday, March 4, 2019, at Edmonton International Airport. Byron is facing multiple charges including robbery with firearm (x 2), attempted robbery (x 2), using an explosive device (x 4), possession of an explosive material (x 2), aggravated assault (x 4) and disguise with intent (x 2).

Byron is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, March 15, 2019.

“The RCMP will continue to work with all of our law enforcement partners to ensure that people that commit crimes in one jurisdiction cannot hide in another. People who do commit criminal acts will be held accountable for their actions, no matter where the crimes took place,” says S/Sgt. Scott West, NCO i/c of the Salmon Arm RCMP.


Byron is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, March 15, 2019.


Please contact Scott Pattison at (780) 421-3553 for more information.

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