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Oliver man's toddler tags along in Kamloops armed robbery

An Oliver dad is facing several charges after bringing his three-year-old child to rob a Kamloops gas station.

He allegedly entered a Westsyde gas station yesterday evening holding the child's hand, then demanded money at the counter, according to a Kamloops RCMP news release.

He then lifted his shirt to show what appeared to be the butt of a firearm.

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A Kamloops RCMP officer was in the middle of a traffic stop in the same gas station parking lot just after the robbery, around 7 p.m., May 19, RCMP said. The officer had already watched the man and child leave the gas station, then found them nearby.

“While it is deeply disturbing that someone would commit a robbery with a child, it is even more concerning that he is alleged to have threatened the officer and used his child as a shield, by putting his child between himself and the officer," Staff Sgt. Janelle Shoihet of Southeast District RCMP said in the release.

The release does not offer details into the threat or using the child as a shield, but police said the suspect eventually released the three-year-old who ran to a nearby family member.

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The man was arrested after a "brief struggle" and police then seized a replica firearm.

Andrew Bradley Miller, 32, is now facing charges for robbery, uttering threats, resisting arrest and using an imitation firearm for the robbery, according to court documents.

He's scheduled for a bail hearing in Kamloops today, May 20.

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