Winfield 7-Eleven robbed at gunpoint

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LAKE COUNTRY - An armed convenience store robbery in Winfield overnight ended with a police chase and a suspect in custody.

The 40-year-old man from New Westminster was allegedly wearing a mask when he entered the 7-Eleven at 9724 Highway 97 at 2:47 a.m. Jan. 21 with a rifle in hand. Police were told he demanded cash, lottery tickets and cigarettes. He then fled in a dark Pontiac G6 with the goods, according to an RCMP media release. Mounties didn't say how much money was taken. Nobody was injured during the event.

The man was later spotted driving at a high rate of speed, north on Glenmore road and police went after him. The driver continued north and eventually made it onto the Pelmewash Parkway with officers close behind. The suspect attempted a U-turn just south of Oyama, slowing down enough for Mounties to gain the edge and force the vehicle into the ditch.

The man was taken into custody without incident and police recovered the stolen cash and property. 

The man faces potential charges of armed robbery, disguise with intent, flight from police, obstruction and resist arrest. He remains in custody and is expected to appear in court later today, Jan. 21, 2015.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infonews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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