Robbery suspect hot foots it through Langley schoolyard

The search for a robbery suspect led to a brief lockdown at the Apex school in Langley’s Otter area Tuesday.

Police spent several hours searching for their suspect, starting at about 10 a.m., said Const. Craig Van Herk, a spokesperson for the Langley RCMP.

Some police officers were working on an unrelated matter in the 3100 block of 248th Street when a man approached and said someone had just tried to rob him, Van Herk said.

Police began searching the area.

Some time later, a youth officer giving a presentation at the Apex school at 244th Street and Fraser Highway spotted the suspect running through the school grounds.

“Out of an abundance of caution, they locked the school down,” Van Herk said.

Officers located and arrested a 34-year-old Surrey man, and he remained in custody as of Wednesday.

The Emergency Response Team was called out to assist in the brief manhunt.

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