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Man accused in Grand Forks bank robbery to choose type of trial

A man charged with the hold-up at the Grand Forks CIBC in April will decide on Oct. 18 if he wants his guilt or innocence determined by a judge alone or a judge and jury.

Briaden Rosch, who was born in 1986, is due in court that day in Grand Forks to elect method of trial. He is currently on bail.

Rosch faces 10 charges. Two of them, robbery and vehicle theft, stem from the Grand Forks bank job. The other eight, including a number of gun-related offences, are alleged to have occurred nine days later in Creston. He was arrested there following a stolen vehicle investigation.

At the time of the bank robbery, police said a man wearing a hoodie approached a teller, claiming to have a gun, and demanded money. He left with a “large sum” of cash. Police later recovered a stolen truck outside of Grand Forks that they believe was connected to the crime.

No one has been charged with two similar bank robberies at the CIBC in Creston and another robbery at the CIBC in Castlegar this year.

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