Suspect arrested after string of bank robberies

Coquitlam, BC – A 22 year-old Coquitlam man is in custody and facing charges after he allegedly committed seven separate bank robberies in Coquitlam, Burnaby and Vancouver. Joshua Carter Friesen was arrested by the Coquitlam RCMP Prolific Target Team on September 22nd following an investigation led by the Coquitlam RCMP Robbery Team into a series of bank robberies around the Lower Mainland.


During the course of the investigation, officers with the Robbery Team worked closely with their counterparts in Burnaby and Vancouver, sharing information that ultimately led police to Mr. Friesen.

Joshua Carter Friesen has been charged with seven counts of robbery between August 17th and September 17th of 2016 and will remain in custody pending his next court appearance.

The crimes of this individual were not restricted by jurisdictional boundaries, so it made sense to take a similar strategy with our investigation, said Cst. Jamie Phillipson, Coquitlam RCMP spokesperson. By sharing information with the Burnaby RCMP and Vancouver Police Department, investigators were able to identify and arrest Mr. Friesen, preventing further impact to these three communities.

Joshua Carter Friesen will appear in court on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 at the Port Coquitlam Provincial Court House.

RCMP File # 2016-27006

Coquitlam RCMP