Suspect located by officers

A man wanted in connection with an attempted robbery of two Vernon women at an ATM machine in May was arrested over the weekend.

A man wanted in connection with an attempted robbery of two Vernon women at an ATM machine in May was arrested over the weekend.

Police received a tip Sunday at around 12:30 p.m. that the suspect was at a residence in Westwold.

“Officers attended the rural property and found the suspect in a bedroom,” said Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

“He was arrested after a brief struggle.”

Police believe the suspect, a 28-year-old Vernon man, arrived at the residence with a Nissan truck and travel trailer that had been reported stolen earlier in the day from Salmon Arm.

Local police had been searching for a suspect who, on May 22, allegedly threatened two women with an infected hypodermic needle at the downtown Scotiabank ATM at 1:15 a.m.

A Vernon RCMP officer had been making patrols in the downtown core when he pulled over in front of Scotiabank to answer a message on his in-car terminal.

The officer noticed three people – two women and a man – at the ATM and one of the women looked upset, so he went to check on the situation.

The two ladies advised the officer that the man had demanded cash and threatened to use an infected needle on them if they didn’t comply.

When the officer went to speak to the man about the womens’ allegation, he took off running.

The suspect is expected to appear in Vernon Provincial Court to face two counts of attempted robbery and possession of stolen property.