Taxi held up at gunpoint

A taxi was held up at gunpoint early Thursday in Burnaby.

Police say the incident occurred in the 3700 block of Brandon Street, near Smith Avenue, just after 1 a.m.

The suspect and a female passenger were picked up on Burke Street, just east of Boundary Road.

The cab driver let the female passenger off at an undisclosed address in New Westminster and the suspect asked to be brought back to Burnaby.

As the car pulled up to the destination on Brandon Street, investigators say the suspect allegedly pulled out a gun and demanded money from the cab driver.

The driver handed over a sum of money and the suspect fled south along Brandon Street.

Police describe the suspect as a Caucasian male with a moustache and goatee beard.

He is about 5-foot-10 with a medium build. He was wearing a black baseball cap and a black hoodie at the time of the incident.

"We're hopeful the pictures being released today will result in someone coming forward to identify this suspect," said Cpl. Daniela Panesar.

Police have asked anyone with information about the case to contact Burnaby RCMP at 604-646-9999 and speak to Const. Matt Emond from the robbery unit.

Tips can also be left anonymously with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

– With files from CTV Vancouver

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