Alta murder suspect arrested in US
Jun 16, 2012 / 8:46 pm
The security guard wanted in a deadly armoured car heist at the University of Alberta was arrested at gunpoint at the border between British Columbia and Washington State on Saturday evening, a sum of money with him in his truck.
The takedown of Travis Baumgartner, at the Lynden, Wash., border crossing southwest of Abbotsford, B.C., brought to an end a 36-hour manhunt â€” at least 11 of which the murder suspect must have spent on the road evading capture.
Employees at the nearby duty-free shop said they watched part of the arrest from their front window.
A worker who would only give her first name, Adrienne, said she saw two border patrol vehicles with lights flashing and officers standing outside with their guns drawn. She said she didn't hear any shots fired. Nobody in the store knew what it was about until a reporter called.
"It's pretty scary," she said. "Luckily nothing here happened."
Police had been looking for Baumgartner since early Friday when four guards with G4S Cash Solutions Canada were gunned down, three of them fatally.
Police said earlier Saturday they had received no tips on his whereabouts and their search had spread internationally.
Baumgartner apparently didn't switch vehicles during his time on the lam. The 21-year-old was found driving the same dark blue Ford F-150 in which police believe he left Edmonton, with his mother's Alberta licence plate on the back.
Edmonton police Sgt. Dave Reitzel said Baumgartner was alone when arrested. There was money in the truck, but Reitzel wouldn't say how much. Police said earlier that he had a "substantial" sum with him. There was no immediate word on his unaccounted for work pistol and bulletproof vest and whether they were found in the truck.
Insp. Bob Hassel released a statement extending his gratitude to those involved in the arrest.
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