A 34-year-old Halifax man has been arrested and is facing multiple charges after committing three robberies within 30 minutes in the Halifax Regional Municipality.
At approximately 11:30 p.m., there was a robbery on the 6700 block of Hwy 2 in Enfield. The suspect entered a business, demanded money and showed a knife. The employee gave money to the suspect and the suspect left in a vehicle.
At approximately 11:45 p.m., there was a robbery on the 2900 block of Hwy 2 in Fall River. The suspect entered the business, put a knife on the counter and demanded cigarettes and money. The employee gave the requested items to the suspect and the suspect left in a vehicle.
The third robbery happened at 11:55 p.m. on the 200 block of Cobequid Rd. in Lower Sackville. The suspect entered a business, showed a knife and demanded money and cigarettes. The employee gave the requested items to the suspect and the suspect left in a vehicle.
At approximately 12:30 a.m., an RCMP officer saw the suspect vehicle travelling eastbound on the Bedford Bypass and informed Halifax Regional Police (HRP). HRP deployed a spike belt but the suspect avoided it and continued on.
The suspect vehicle sped through a construction zone on Victoria Rd. then sideswiped another vehicle driving on Victoria Rd., causing damage to both vehicles but no injuries. During the collision, the suspect vehicle spun out of control and was struck by an RCMP vehicle driven by a police officer attempting to stop the suspect vehicle. The officer exited the police vehicle, approached the suspect's vehicle and opened the driver's side door. Given the magnitude of the situation, the officer drew their firearm and directed the suspect out of the vehicle. The suspect exited the vehicle and was arrested without further incident.
Police soon determined that the suspect vehicle had been stolen earlier that day from the Truro area.
A thirty-four-year-old man from Halifax was arrested. He suffered minor injuries during the arrest and was taken to hospital and later released. He is facing multiple charges including the following:
- Possession of Weapon Dangerous to the Public Peace,
- Theft of Motor Vehicle,
- Possession of Stolen Property,
- Uttering Threats.
Some stolen cash was recovered in the vehicle.
The investigation is ongoing and is being led by the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division.
File # 19-112465, 19-112470, 19-112473