Kamloops RCMP evacuates condo units in hunt for potential armed suspect

Police are looking for an alleged armed robber at Singh and Lethbridge, Sept. 19, 2014.

KAMLOOPS - Police, searching for an alleged armed robber have surrounded a condominium complex at the southeast corner of Singh Street and Lethbridge Avenue as they try to determine if their suspect is inside.

A robbery at Tranquille Market was reported to police around 1:45 p.m. Friday. The investigation has led officers to a unit only minutes from the scene of the alleged crime. RCMP Cpl. Cheryl Bush says early indications suggest the person responsible was probably armed, but there’s no way to tell if the person they're trying to make contact with has a weapon. They're not even sure yet if he's inside the unit.

"We're looking for someone who has allegedly committed a robbery... we do have indication there may have been a firearm involved," Bush says. "We're taking all the necessary precautions for public and officer safety."

Bush says people have been evacuated from the area, though she’s not sure how many. Children playing around the units have been moved to a safe distance.

There are about a dozen police cars and an ambulance on standby. Officers can be seen milling around the units, with some focusing on one unit.

Traffic is blocked on Lethbridge but still flowing on Singh.

To contact a reporter for this story, email jstahn@infotelnews.ca, call 250-819-3723. To contact the managing editor, email Marshall Jones at mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

— This story was updated at 5:01 p.m., Sept. 19, 2014 with additional details.

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