Teen in custody after Vernon armed robbery attempt

A teenager is in police custody following an armed robbery attempt at a Vernon home Friday.

Police were called to a report of a masked man trying to rob a couple at knifepoint in the caller’s house in the 3300 block of 30th Avenue shortly after 12:30 a.m.

The victims had barricaded themselves in their bedroom.

“Our officers arrived on-scene, and the door to the apartment was open,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “When they entered they could hear movement coming from the living room area.

“Our officer observed a man with a ski mask over his face and a large kitchen knife in his hand.”

The man was directed to drop the knife and get on the floor. The suspect complied and was taken into custody without incident.

“The police investigation determined the suspect was in possession of several items from the home in a backpack he had with him,” said Molendyk.

The suspect has been identified as a 16-year-old Vernon resident.

He is expected to face charges of robbery, disguise with intent, and possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose.

He was slated to appear in Vernon Provincial Court Friday.

The victims were shaken but not harmed in the robbery.


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