A Grande Prairie man has been charged with the attempted robbery of a bank in the city.
Police say they responded to a report of a robbery at the Scotiabank located in the downtown core around 2:30 p.m. on July 20th, when a man allegedly entered the bank demanding a large amount of cash and sayung he was in possession of explosives.
Grande Prairie RCMP Sergeant Shawn Graham says the response to the incident, which saw a large portion of the downtown core shut down during the investigation, was needed as it was a very fluid situation for officers.
“Anything like this that poses a potential threat to public safety, public and peace officer safety is number one for us,” he says.
“It’s why there is that immediate response, multiple units, multiple resources, and a command structure if needed, to protect the public and ensure public safety… it’s going to get a multi-faceted response from us.”
Graham says subsequent search of the area and the suspect revealed the male was not in possession of any explosives. 42-year-old Jeremy Winders of Grande Prairie is now facing one count of robbery.