Yellowknife bank robbed at knife-point in broad daylight, say RCMP

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Yellowknife RCMP are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating a man they say robbed a downtown bank in broad daylight Wednesday.

Mounties say a knife-wielding man demanded cash after entering the First Nations Bank of Canada on 48 Street just after noon.

RCMP photo.
Yellowknife RCMP is asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating this man,captured by security cameras, who police say robbed the First Nations Bank of Canada in a broad daylight robbery.

A clerk handed over an undisclosed amount of cash before the suspect fled on foot “in the direction of the downtown core,” states a news release from RCMP on Wednesday.

The suspect is described as Indigenous, approximately 6 feet tall with a slim build. Police say the man had a black eye. 

“The suspect was wearing a beige jacket, black pants and black back pack. The face was partially covered with a black neck warmer and they were wearing gloves with no finger tips,” states the news release.

Mounties are now appealing to city residents, as well as customers who may have been inside the bank at the time of the alleged robbery, to come forward.

“RCMP believe person, or persons, may have seen something suspicious, or may have noticed a male fleeing the scene.  We are asking the residents of Yellowknife to report any suspicious or unusual activity” stated Marie York-Condon, RCMP spokesperson, in the release.

RCMP, along with NWT Forensic Identification Service, have opened an investigation into the alleged armed robbery.

Residents or bank customers who may have observed “suspicious or unusual behaviour,” in the area Wednesday are asked to call Yellowknife RCMP at at 867-669-1111 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Updates to follow.

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