BC man arrested and charged after two bank explosions in Alberta

Mar 13 2019, 6:14 pm

A BC man has been arrested and charged in connection with a pair of robberies of armoured guards and bank explosions that occurred in Edmonton last fall, police announced this week.

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The first incident occurred on September 19, at approximately 2:35 am, when two armoured guards were making their deliveries in an armoured vehicle at a financial institution located near 27 Avenue and 141 Street.

As the first employee entered the vestibule, an explosion occurred “disorientating both employees,” who then drew their firearms, police said. The two armoured guards were uninjured, and no deposit money was lost during the attack.

Then, on December 13, around 2 am, a second incident occurred at another Edmonton financial institution located near 81 Street and 160 Avenue.

Again, two armoured guards walked into the vestibule of the bank, when an explosion detonated knocking one of the employees to the ground. The second employee retreated from the bank to obtain cover, when a second explosion occurred.

Edmonton Police said an ongoing investigation of the incidents culminated with EPS Tactical members arresting 38-year-old Justin Byron, of Salmon Arm on Monday, March 4, at Edmonton International Airport.

Byron now faces multiple charges including robbery with firearm (2), attempted robbery (2), using an explosive device (4), possession of explosive material (2), aggravated assault (4) and disguise with intent (2).

“This arrest came about as a result of some excellent police work from the EPS Robbery Section and many areas within our police service,” said Edmonton Police Staff Sgt. Rob Mills. “We believe the accused was planning another incident, and we’re happy that we prevented another attack.”

Byron is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, March 15, 2019.

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