UPDATE: Suspect arrested – Kingston Police investigating downtown bank robbery

UPDATE (Friday, Sept. 30, 2022):

The suspect in a bank robbery which took place in the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, has been arrested, according to Kingston Police.

“On September 29, 2022, at approximately 10 p.m. members of the Kingston Police located and arrested the accused individual without incident,” police said in a media release.

James Leeder 30 years old, from Kingston, was arrested and charged with the following offences;

  • Robbery,
  • Possession of a weapon,
  • Carrying a concealed weapon, and
  • Having mask/disguise.

Leeder was transported to Kingston Police headquarters where he was held overnight for a bail hearing. According to police, today Leeder attended a bail hearing and was subsequently remanded into custody.

The Kingston Police thank members of the public for their assistance. 

Original article:

Kingston Police are currently investigating a bank robbery, which occurred on the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.

Kingston Police on scene at the RBC branch on Princess Street in downtown Kingston following a bank robbery. Photo by Daniel Tastard-Homer/Kingstonist.

According to police, the incident occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m., when a lone male entered the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) location at 65 Princess Street in downtown Kingston.

“No one was injured, and the suspect fled through the side entrance onto King Street,” police said in a press release just before 5 p.m. the same day.

The suspect, pictured in the surveillance images above, is described as “an English speaking Caucasian male, 20 to 30 years of age, last seen wearing a black North face sweater, Raptors ball cap, dark jeans, and carrying a reusable shopping bag.”

Police did not say whether the suspect was armed at the time of the robbery, or considered armed at this time, however, they did say that members of the public should not approach the suspect if he is seen, but rather to call 911.

Kingstonist has inquired with police as to whether the suspect was armed and still considered armed, if he was acting alone, and whether or not any currency was taken.

The downtown RBC branch will remain closed for Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022.

This article will be updated if/when more information becomes available.