Armed with an ice scraper, RCMP believe a man attempted to rob a jewelry store yesterday morning along with a partner that police are still searching for.
At around 10 a.m. yesterday, two men wearing red bandannas over their faces entered Lothar Triebel Jewellers in Dawson Creek and jumped over the counter. One suspect knocked over a female employee, who then held onto the man with the help of another store employee.
The second suspect jumped the counter and tried to enter the back of the store armed with an ice scraper. However, it was there that another employee protected himself with an aluminum baseball bat and struck the subject a number of times, said the RCMP. The second suspect then fled the scene down an alley next to the store, where a backpack was abandoned. Police are still searching for that suspect.
A police dog from the RCMP Police Dog Service was also used in the investigation.
The first man, who was still being held by two employees, then attempted to escape. He was subdued with the bat "and other physical force," according to police. Soon after, police arrived and put the person into custody.
The 28-year-old man, who police say is known to them, required medical attention for non-life threatening injuries. He was released from hospital into police custody, where he remains pending a bail hearing.
Police are still searching for the second suspect, who they believe at the time of the robbery was dressed entirely in black clothing, wearing a red bandanna over his face. Police said the man is between 5'7" and 5'9" tall, weighing 160 to 180 lbs.
Anyone with information about the second suspect is encouraged to call the RCMP at 250-784-3700 or anonymously at 1-800-242-8477.