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Two arrested in home invasion

A 35-year-old Langley man and 30-year-old Abbotsford man have been charged in a year-old violent home invasion and robbery, where the pair allegedly pretended to be police officers.

On July 1, 2013, three people broke into a home in the 9800-block of Whalley Boulevard in Surrey, announcing they were police.

They threatened to shoot one of the residents during the break-in, and while no firearm was produced, they struck the resident with a crowbar. They made off with several items from the home, including jewelry, cellphones, a laptop and electronic equipment.

Charges have now been laid against Abbotsford’s David Fitzpatrick, 30. He was charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of assault with a weapon and two counts of break and enter with intent.

Langley’s Joseph Anthony Francis, 35, was arrested at a Surrey SkyTrain Station by Coquitlam RCMP and charged with the same offences.

Both were arrested without incident and are currently being held in custody. Charges against a third suspect are currently pending.

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