Man arrested at downtown motel is suspect in Aug. 3 robbery and van arson

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The man arrested on Monday (Oct. 4) following a heavy police presence at Canada’s Best Value Inn and Suites downtown is a suspect in a robbery this past summer that included a van being set on fire in Riverside Park.

Tristan Fernandez, 25, was arrested at the motel at 1390 Columbia St. following a police operation that saw numerous officers surround the property and cordon off nearby streets.

Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Dana Napier said Fernandez was wanted on an arrest warrant in connection to a robbery that occurred on Aug. 3.

On that day, the Lordco auto parts store at 1395 Battle St., east of downtown, was robbed and a van suspected to have been used in the crime was later set ablaze in Riverside Park.

Three people were arrested, then released by the court under various conditions.

On Monday at 9 a.m., Kamloops Mountie saw Fernandez enter the motel.

Napier said numerous police officers and the police service dog unit set up a perimeter as they tried to find and arrest Fernandez.

Shortly after 11:30 a.m. he was taken into custody by officers, with the assistance of a police service dog.

Fernandez has a lengthy criminal record and has been arrested numerous times in the past decade for various offences.

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Michael Potestio, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kamloops This Week

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