05/05/2015 01:10 EDT | Updated 05/05/2016 05:59 EDT

Shawn Merrick, Fugitive Killer, Wanted In Several Surrey, Langley Robberies

SURREY, B.C. - A 43-year-old man who is the subject of a Canada-wide warrant for escaping custody is now a suspect in multiple robberies in Surrey and Langley, B.C.

RCMP say Shawn Merrick was serving a sentence for second-degree murder and robbery when he took off from a minimum-security institution in March.

Police say that in April, he allegedly tried to rob a bank in Surrey before attempting a second robbery elsewhere half an hour later.

They say Merrick is also a suspect in several recent robberies in the Langley area and is considered dangerous.

Mounties say he has a tattoo of a skull on the left side of his chest, of a dragon on his right upper arm and a burn scar on his right forearm.

The Canadian Bankers Association is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to Merrick's arrest and conviction.

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