UPDATE: Man Charged Following Northern N.B. Armed Robbery

The New Brunswick RCMP says a 25-year-old man faces charges following an alleged armed robbery in northern New Brunswick.

Police confirmed in a tweet Wednesday that they arrested a “person of interest” after an armed robbery in Balmoral, N.B. At the time, the Mounties had not shared several details, including where the robbery took place.

In a news release issued late Thursday afternoon, police said they responded shortly before 8 p.m. to an armed robbery at a business on Pioneer Avenue, where a man, allegedly brandishing a gun, demanded money.

Investigators say he left before police arrived, making off with an unknown amount of cash and cigarettes. Following up on several public tips, they searched Balmoral, Dalhousie and Eel River Crossing to locate the man.

“As a result, there was an increased police presence in those areas,” said New Brunswick RCMP Cpl. Hans Ouellette in a statement.

“At the time, the police presence and searches did not meet the criteria for an Alert Ready message, however, the New Brunswick RCMP is always prepared to issue an Alert Ready message should there be a need, or there is an immediate risk to public safety.”

The RCMP says they found the man in Balmoral and took him into custody.

Jessy Selesse, 25, appeared before a provincial court judge on Thursday in Campbellton, where he was charged with armed robbery.

He is scheduled to return to court on Monday afternoon.

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