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Police ask for assistance over armed robbery at YK bank

An RCMP handout image shows security camera footage of the suspect in a bank robbery on February 13, 2019
An RCMP handout image shows security camera footage of a bank robbery at Yellowknife's First Nations Bank on February 13, 2019.

Police in Yellowknife say a man apparently armed with a knife has robbed the city’s First Nations Bank of Canada branch.

In a news release, police said they received a call from the bank – on 48th Street – just after midday on Wednesday.

“A lone male entered First Nations Bank of Canada … and used a weapon, described as a knife, to request money,” RCMP said.

“The employee provided an undisclosed amount of cash and the male fled on foot. The suspect is believed to have fled in the direction of the downtown core.”



Police are asking for the public’s help to find the suspect, saying “there may have been customers in the business or neighbouring businesses that may have observed the incident, or suspicious or unusual activity.”

The suspect is described as an Indigenous male, around 6 ft tall, who is thin and has a black eye. He is said by police to have been wearing a beige jacket, black pants, and black backpack.

“The face was partially covered with a black neck-warmer and they were wearing gloves with no fingertips,” said police. “The suspect is believed to be on foot.”

If you saw any suspicious or unusual behaviour in this area around Wednesday lunchtime, contact Yellowknife RCMP at 867-669-1111 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.