Saint John bank robbery suspect arrested
CIBC on King Street was held up on Thursday morning
Saint John police have arrested a suspect in connection with a bank robbery at CIBC in the city's uptown Thursday morning.
A 39-year-old man was apprehended without incident, Sgt. Jay Henderson said in a statement released shortly before 6 p.m.
The man is expected to face charges in provincial court on Friday. He remains in custody.
The CIBC on King Street was robbed shortly before 10:30 a.m.
A lone male entered the bank and passed a teller a note, demanding money, said Henderson.
The suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, he said.
No weapon was brandished, but police are treating it as an armed robbery because the note was threatening, said Henderson.
No one was injured.
Police released a photo of the suspect later in the day and had asked for the public's help in identifying him.
It was not immediately clear whether that led to the man's arrest.
The CIBC was closed while officers investigated. Officers from the major crime unit, forensic identification section, canine services and patrol were on site.
A hand-written sign on the door said the bank was closed "due to emergency" and redirected clients to the Main Street West and Westmorland Road branches.
The suspect was described as being middle aged, with some facial hair, approximately five feet five inches tall. He was wearing a blue jean jacket, a dark hoodie, white shirt and beige pants.
This was the second brazen bank robbery, done in broad daylight, in Saint John in the past month.
The Bayview Credit Union on the city's west side was held up by an armed man on Sept. 3.
Two nearby schools were locked down at the time as a precaution.
A 65-year-old man pleaded guilty to that crime after being tracked down by police about two weeks later.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Nov. 6. He remains in custody while awaiting sentencing.
The minimum sentence for armed robbery is five years in prison.