It happened at 4 p.m. on Aug. 25, when shoppers were told over the PA to leave the mall for an “undisclosed security reason.” The Surrey RCMP assisted with the evacuation, which extended to surrounding businesses.
Surrey RCMP says it has arrested a man in relation to a “threat” which forced the evacuation of the Surrey Central Mall on Sunday.
The RCMP says it was looking into a “threat.” With the help of police dogs, it says in a release that investigators determined the area was safe and arrested a suspect shortly after at a residence nearby.
The mall, across the street from Surrey Central SkyTrain station, reopened and shoppers were allowed back in.
After a mall in Surrey was evacuated over the weekend, police have now charged one man in connection with the incident.
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According to Surrey RCMP, police responded to reports of a threat at Surrey Central Mall at 4 pm on August 25.
Upon their arrival, officers evacuated the mall and surrounding businesses as a precaution, securing the scene.
Then, with the assistance of Integrated Police Dog Services, police cleared the area and determined that the area was safe, with no threat to the public.
Surrey RCMP frontline members responded quickly and efficiently to ensure the safety of everyone present, said Surrey RCMP Insp. Manly Burleigh. “We treat every threat like this as real until proven to be false.”
Burleigh added that the officers involved “did an outstanding job responding to a potentially dangerous incident.
While no further information on the incident or the suspect is available at this point, police said the investigation is continuing, and anyone who has information relating to this incident is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.
Those who wish to leave an anonymous tip can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or by leaving a tip online.