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Arrest made after B.C. gas station robbed by suspect with toddler: police

Kamloops RCMP say a 32-year-old man from Oliver allegedly robbed a gas station on Westsyde Road, and that he did so while holding the hand of his three-year-old child. File/Global News

An Okanagan man allegedly robbed a Kamloops gas station this week with a toddler in tow, the RCMP say.

According to police, the man entered the gas station on Westsyde Road on Thursday evening while holding the hand of his three-year-old child.

He walked around the store, then approached the counter and demanded money, police said.

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“During the course of the robbery, the suspect had pulled up his shirt, exposing the butt of what appeared to be a firearm,” Kamloops RCMP said.

An officer who was conducting a traffic stop in the parking lot was alerted, and saw the man and toddler leave. The Mountie found them later nearby.

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“While it is deeply disturbing that someone would commit a robbery with a child,” said Staff Sgt. Janelle Shoihet, “it is even more concerning that he is alleged to have threatened the officer and used his child as a shield, by putting his child between himself and the officer.”

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The man eventually released the child, who ran to a nearby family member.

After a brief struggle, he was arrested and allegedly found with a replica gun, police added.

A 32-year-old man from Oliver was expected to appear in court on Friday. Charges may include robbery, uttering threats, breach of a firearms prohibition and resisting arrest, police said.

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