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Grand Forks bank robbery suspect back in custody

The man accused of robbing the CIBC in Grand Forks this year is now in jail on unrelated charges in Abbotsford. The Crown is seeking to have Briaden Rosch’s bail revoked.

Rosch, who was born in 1986, faces 10 local 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.

Rosch, who was released on conditions, was originally expected in court tomorrow for a preliminary hearing.

However, on Dec. 9, Rosch was arrested in Abbotsford. In an email, Cst. Art Stele said officers spotted him in the 33000 block of Mayfair Avenue.

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“Rosch was believed to be associated to a nearby stolen vehicle that had been observed by members,” Stele said.

“Upon being approached by police, Rosch immediately attempted to flee yet was taken into custody … Rosch also had active warrants for his arrest.”

Rosch is now charged with possession of stolen property, two counts of assaulting a peace officer, and escaping custody/being unlawfully, as well as three counts of breaching a release order for something that happened on Nov. 29 in Surrey.

Rosch will be in court on Jan. 5 in Abbotsford as Crown counsel now hopes to keep him in custody until his trial.

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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