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Suspect in mugging at downtown ATM quickly arrested

Michael Junior Aslin well known to police and courts
Michael Aslin (2015)
Michael Junior Aslin in RCMP handout photo from 2015.

Prince George RCMP are crediting "quick and detailed police work" for the apprehension of a suspect in a mugging at a downtown automatic teller machine on Saturday.

Michael Junior Aslin, 36, was arrested less than two hours after RCMP responded at 10 a.m. to a report of the robbery at an ATM in the 400 block of Victoria Street, in which the culprit made off with $40 in cash.

Aided by images from video surveillance, it didn't take long for police to identify a suspect. Aslin has a lengthy criminal record for offences committed in Prince George, Fort St. James and Vanderhoof.

And with the help of a police service dog, police soon had Aslin in custody.

"This is an example of the dedication police have to maintaining the safety of Prince George residents," Prince George RCMP Cpl. Jennifer Cooper said in a statement.

Aslin was last in the news in late 2015 when he was suspected of pointing a gun inside a needle-ridden drug house, although the charges he faced were later stayed.

As of this morning, Aslin remained in custody on one count of robbery.