Retail store robbery spree leads to charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, July 25, 2014        12:30pm

(Ottawa) — The Ottawa Police Service Robbery Unit has laid a number of charges in relation to a series of five retail store robberies.

On July 15, 2014, at approximately 2:57 am, a lone male entered a retail store situated in the 300 block of Tompkins Avenue.  The suspect walked into the store, punched the victim, knocking him unconscious. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money as well as numerous cigarettes and subsequently fled the scene leaving the victim unconscious on the floor.

On July 16, 2014, at approximately 3:47 am, a lone male entered a retail store situated in the 100 block Tapiola Crescent area. The suspect, armed with a knife, made verbal demands for money and cigarettes. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money as well as numerous cigarettes.  The suspect tied up the victim and subsequently fled the premises.

On July 13, 2014, at approximately 1:20 am, a lone male entered a retail store situated along the 400 block of Moodie Drive. The suspect made verbal demands for money and cigarettes. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money and cigarettes and fled the premises.

On July 3, 2014 at approximately 1:52 am, a lone male entered a retail store situated along the 400 block of Moodie Drive (same location as July 13). The suspect made verbal demands for money and cigarettes. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money and cigarettes and fled the premises.

On June 24, 2014, at approximately 1:45am, a lone male entered a retail store situated along the 400 block of Moodie Drive (same location as July 3 and 13). The suspect made verbal demands for money and cigarettes. The suspect fled the premises with an undisclosed quantity of cash and cigarettes.

Desmond MANOLAKOS, 25 years old of Ottawa, is charged with the following offences: 

  • Five (5) counts of Robbery
  • Five (5) counts of Wearing a disguise
  • One (1) count of Assault causing bodily harm
  • One (1) count of Forcible confinement
  • One (1) count of Uttering threats
  • One (1) count of Possession of a weapon

He is currently in custody and he is scheduled to appear in court on July 31, 2014.

Anyone with information with respect to these robberies, or any other robbery, is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Robbery Unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5116 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS) or toll free at 1-800-222-8477.

 

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CONTACT:  

S/Sgt. Mitch Proteau

Robbery Unit

Tel: 613-236-1222, ext. 5445/5162