Island man charged after 2019 robbery in Courtenay

Island man charged after 2019 robbery in Courtenay
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Comox Valley RCMP have caught and will charge this suspect, now confirmed James Hutchison, after an early-morning robbery in Courtenay on April 12, 2019.

A 35-year-old Vancouver Island man is facing charges after a lengthy investigation by the Comox Valley RCMP Major Crime Unit.

James Hutchison, 35, is charged with robbery after he allegedly stole from a business on the 500-block of Ryan Road in Courtenay on April 12, 2019.

In the early morning hours of 4:35 a.m., the Comox Valley RCMP received a report of the robbery, where the suspect had his face and hands covered, and was wearing a reflective jacket when he allegedly entered the business and demanded money and cigarettes. He fled before police arrived on scene, and was not found.

The Comox Valley RCMP says it was a collective effort and the investigation into the robbery was assisted by the Integrated Forensic Identification Section, local businesses that provided surveillance footage, and National Forensic Laboratory Services.

When a suspect is not apprehended right away, our investigators do not give up, they keep looking and they continue to work so charges can be recommended said Cst. Monika Terragni, Comox Valley RCMP Media Relations Officer. It can take days, weeks, or even months, to examine all of the evidence.

Vancouver Island man James Hutchison has been charged with robbery and is scheduled to appear in court on June 26 in Courtenay.

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