01/23/2013 09:06 EST | Updated 03/25/2013 05:12 EDT

Abduction Suspect Arrested In B.C.


Mounties in Maple Ridge, B.C., say they’ve arrested a suspect in the kidnapping of a 17-year-old girl.

Police say the suspect was arrested in Vancouver Tuesday night. His name has not been released but he is described as being known to police.

Investigators credit tips from the public for the arrest.

"Shortly after we released the suspect’s picture yesterday, we started to receive tips. That allowed us to quickly identify and then locate the suspect," said Insp. David Fleugel.

"I’d like to acknowledge and thank the public, for the valuable information they provided police. We all benefit when citizens are so engaged in working with police toward the safety of their communities."

Fluegel also credits the bravery of the victim, who was able to rip off the necklace of her attacker, for the arrest. He says a goldsmith recognized the necklace and will likely testify at trial.

Police say they will be recommending the suspect be charged with kidnapping.

Mounties say the man is also being investigated as a suspect in a series of armed robberies in the area.

Police issued a press release after a teen was taken at gunpoint from outside a mall Saturday evening.

Mounties say the man asked for help starting his car before pulling out a gun and forcing the victim to drive to a secluded area, where she was beaten.

The teen managed to escape to a nearby home and the suspect drove off in her car.

The suspect is expected to appear in court in Port Coquitlam on Thursday.

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