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Employees at Vernon business robbed at at knifepoint

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October 29, 2019 - 9:40 AM

A 51-year-old man has been arrested after he allegedly held up a business at Vernon's Fruit Union Plaza with a knife yesterday, Oct. 28.

According to a Vernon North Okanagan RCMP media release, the man entered the 25 Avenue store at around 10 p.m. Oct. 28 brandishing a knife and demanded money from staff. Two staff members ran out of the business and the man fled on foot.

RCMP do not say which business was robbed.

With the help of a witness who saw the suspect fleeing the scene, RCMP officers arrested the 51-year-old at a nearby residence.

Police believe he may also be responsible for two other robberies at the same business which took place Aug. 27 and Oct. 19.

The suspect is in custody and will be appearing in court at a later date.

RCMP are recommending charges of robbery, assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose in all three incidents.

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