A 38-year-old man from BC has been charged after a couple of explosive bank robberies in Edmonton and evidence suggests he was planning more attacks.
According to CTV, the first explosion happened at an RBC on 27 Avenue SW and 141 Street SW at 1:40 am on September 19, 2018. Police say an improvised explosive device was detonated inside the bank’s vestibule. Two guards were then taken to the hospital as a precaution.
No money was stolen during the first incident.
However, a second explosion took place on December 13, 2018, when a Scotiabank on 82 Street and 160 Street was hit around 2:10 am.
Two guards had to be taken to the hospital with serious injuries as they entered the lobby when the explosion happened. One of the guards sustained hearing loss and the second has not returned to work.
A thief stole an undisclosed amount of money and fled. He was also wearing a disguise.
Police were able to track the suspect to Salmon Arm, BC and with assistance from the RCMP, executed a search warrant at the man’s home.
There, police say they discovered money that had been stolen during the second robbery and evidence of future planned attacks in Edmonton.
Justin Byron was arrested on March 4 at the Edmonton International airport. He has been charged with two counts of robbery with a firearm, two counts of attempted robbery, four counts of using an explosive device, two counts of possession of an explosive material, four counts of aggravated assault and two counts of disguise with intent in connection with the cases.
Police are not sure why he allegedly targeted banks in Edmonton. And while he does have a prior charge, it’s unrelated to the case.
Bryon is scheduled to appear in court on March 15.
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