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Thursday, October 02, 2008

B.C. police ID tasered man as bank robber

October 02, 2008
Canwest News Service

LANGLEY, B.C. - Police have identified a man who died after jumping from a second-storey window and being Tasered by police and have confirmed he was involved in an earlier bank robbery.

"As the next of kin have been notified, the RCMP can confirm the name of the deceased suspect, who was involved in the armed robbery (on Tuesday) ... is Frank Frachette, aged 49," RCMP spokesman Cpl. Peter Thiessen said in a statement.

Police say Frachette's home in Langley, about 50 kilometres southeast of Vancouver, was found to contain cash matching the amount taken from a Royal Bank that was robbed at gunpoint earlier in the day.

An autopsy has been performed but the cause of death has not yet been released. Police have noted that Frachette had significant stab wounds to his chest before being subdued by officers with a Taser.

His common-law wife, 35-year-old Trina Toffan, was in custody Thursday, awaiting a court appearance for her alleged involvement in the armed robbery.

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