The Regina Police Service has arrested another male in connection with six recent robberies in the city of Regina in the past two weeks. The second co-accused in these robberies is a 17 year-old Regina male. His arrest is the result of continued investigation into six robberies, many of which involved threats with a knife. It is fortunate that none of the victims in these cases sustained serious physical injuries. This investigation is ongoing.
The identity of the 17 year-old male youth cannot be released in accordance with the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The youth is facing a total of 21 charges at this time: six charges of Robbery [343 CC]; one charge of Break and Enter [348(1)(b) CC]; eight charges of Breach of Probation [733.1(1) CC]; four counts of Wearing a Disguise during the commission of an indictable offence [351(2) CC]; one charge of Evade Police [249(1)(a) CC] and one charge of Possession of Stolen Property (Subaru Impreza) [355(a) CC]. The accused youth made his first court appearance on these charges in Youth Court at 09:30 a.m. on Monday, December 1, 2014.
The cases are as follows:
- Robbery – Nov 19th – police were dispatched just after 7:30 p.m. for a report of a robbery at a business in the 1200 block of East 14th Preliminary investigation indicated two male suspects, one of whom carried a knife, entered the business and demanded cash and merchandise from the two clerks. The suspects fled in a vehicle. The clerks were not physically harmed.
- Robbery – Nov. 19th – at about 9:56 p.m., police were dispatched to a robbery in the 2100 block of Scarth Street for a report that two males had robbed a 40 year-old male of personal property and his vehicle. The victim was driving east bound on 14th Avenue and stopped at the stop sign on the Scarth Street intersection. Two males, one carrying a knife, exited a dark-coloured sedan, approached the victim’s car and pulled the victim out of his vehicle. The victim was assaulted and had his cell phone stolen. Both suspects fled, one in their vehicle, the other in the victim’s vehicle.
- Robbery – November 21st – At 9:38 p.m., police responded to a robbery that occurred at a food store in the 200 block of Victoria Avenue. Four male suspects, accompanied by a female, entered the store and demanded merchandise. One of the males had a knife. They fled the store and it is unknown what vehicle, if any, was used in this incident.
- Robbery – November 21st – At 11:30 p.m., police were dispatched to a robbery at a restaurant in the 3900 block of Albert Street. Three male suspects entered the business and demanded cash. When the employee alerted a co-worker, the suspects fled in a vehicle (no description of the vehicle obtained).
- Attempt Robbery – November 21st – At 11:52 p.m. police responded to a report of an attempt robbery of a vehicle. A 32 year-old male, entered a restaurant in the 4600 block of Albert Street and left his vehicle running and unlocked. The victim saw a male in his vehicle and went out to confront the suspect. The suspect drove the vehicle into a fence and then a second suspect, with a knife, approached the victim, who retreated before he was physically harmed. Both suspects fled in a blue Subaru Impreza.
- Robbery – November 22nd – Police were dispatched to a convenience store in the 1800 block of 9th Avenue North at about 12:57 a.m. Preliminary investigation indicates four male suspects and one female suspect entered the store and demanded cash and merchandise. One of the male suspects had a knife. The suspects fled in a vehicle. Police saw a similar vehicle a short time later in the same area and attempted to stop it. The driver of the vehicle evaded police, who pursued the vehicle for a short distance on the Ring Road. When the vehicle headed toward a residential neighbourhood, officers discontinued the pursuit. The vehicle was later spotted heading west-bound out of the city toward Moose Jaw. Moose Jaw Police were notified; they, in turn, attempted to stop the vehicle, which evaded them and continued west of Moose Jaw toward Caronport. RCMP were notified of the suspect vehicle, but it was not located that night. The vehicle was recovered on November 26, 2014, in Regina.
Futher investigation has linked the youth to another event, which is included in the list of charges above:
- Break and enter – November 16th – Police were dispatched at approximately 10:26 p.m. for the report of a home invasion. Two males with scarves on their faces entered an apartment on the 4000 block of Robinson Street and demanded money from the residents inside, took cash, car keys, and drove away in a victim’s car.
This investigation is ongoing.