Update 2: Additional charges laid as Robbery Unit expands scope of investigation

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, September 25, 2017   10:35 am

(Ottawa) – The Ottawa Police Service Robbery Unit has charged one of these involved suspects in relation to an additional incident in west Ottawa.

On August 2, 2017, at approximately 11:20 pm, the victim was in the area of the 800 block of March Road when he was accosted by 4-5 males. The suspects restrained the victim, searched him, and took his wallet and contents. The suspects left in a light-coloured vehicle. The victim was uninjured.

The 14 years old previously charged in relation to the incidents below, that occurred in south Ottawa, has now been charged in relation to this investigation. He surrendered himself to Police on September 20, 2017. He has now been additionally charged with robbery and breach of probation. The suspect appears next in Youth Court on October 3, 2017.

The Robbery Unit has commenced a review of similar investigations reported across the city over the last several months. Police continue to encourage anyone that may have been the victim of a similar crime, which has not been reported, to contact Police. Police have recovered property, specifically cellular phones, that have still yet to be positively identified to an owner.

Anyone with information regarding these robberies, or any other robbery, is asked to call the Ottawa Police's Robbery Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5116. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.

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CONTACT:
S/Sgt. Michael Haarbosch
Robbery/Break & Enter Units

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, September 18, 2017     2:05pm

Update: Additional charges laid in a series of violent robbery/abduction investigations 

(Ottawa) – The Ottawa Police Service Robbery Unit has charged an additional suspect in relation to one of the three investigations.  

The 16 years old youth previously charged in relation to the July 22, 2017 incident has now also been charged in relation to the August 3, 2017 investigation. The youth surrendered himself to investigators at 474 Elgin Street on September 18, 2017.  In relation to the August 3 incident, this youth has been charged with the following offences: 

  • Robbery
  • Kidnapping
  • Assault cause bodily harm
  • Conspiracy
  • Forcible confinement 

The youth will appear in court on September 18, 2017.

At this time, there remains only one suspect to be identified, the third suspect involved in the August 7, 2017 incident.  Police are looking to identify a middle-eastern male, approximately 18 years of age, with dark hair, and some facial growth.  This male was wearing large black framed prescription eye glasses. 

Investigators are releasing images today of a male seen at a south end bank on August 8, 2017, when an attempt was made to use the victim’s stolen card. Investigators are seeking to identify this person in relation to this ongoing investigation. (view pictures)    

Anyone with information regarding these robberies, or any other robbery, is asked to call the Ottawa Police's Robbery Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5116. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app. 

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CONTACT:

S/Sgt. Michael Haarbosch

Robbery/Break & Enter Units

Tel: 613-236-1222, ext. 5445

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 22, 2017     9 am 

Charges laid in a series of violent robbery/abduction investigations

(Ottawa) – The Ottawa Police Service Robbery Unit has been investigating a series of recent swarming-style robberies that also involved the abduction of the victims.

On July 22, 2017, a youth arranged to meet a male at the South Keys Plaza. When he attended, he encountered four males who told him to get into their vehicle. The victim was driven to the back of the plaza, and then to various locations in the south end of the city. During the encounter, the victim was robbed of his phone and cash, and he was repeatedly assaulted. At the end of the encounter, the victim was dropped off in a secluded commercial area off Rideau Road. The victim was able to flag down a passing vehicle for assistance. The victim sustained minor injuries.

On August 3, 2017, at approximately 12:15 am, Police responded to a reported retail robbery at a convenience store along the 1000 block of Pleasant Park Road. A lone male armed with a knife made off with cash and cigarettes to a waiting vehicle. A short time later, the robbery suspect contacted Police from the area of Hunt Club/Hawthorne Roads. Frontline officers attended and arrested the robbery suspect. It is believed that the robbery suspect was in fact approached by three males in a vehicle as he left his workplace in the Findlay Creek area shortly after 10:00 pm.  He was told to get in the vehicle and was eventually compelled to commit the robbery. Afterward, these suspects took the proceeds from the robbery and dropped the subject off along Hawthorne Road. During the course of the encounter, he was assaulted with a knife and received minor lacerations as a result. The robbery suspect was interviewed and was released at the time without charge pending further investigation.

On August 7, 2017, between 11:00 and 12:00 pm, a male victim encountered three suspects, parked in a vehicle, along Lorry Greenberg Drive near the baseball diamond. The suspects left that area with the victim. During the encounter, the victim was assaulted, choked, robbed of his phone, and was stabbed in the leg with a knife. He was dropped a short time later in the area of Bank Street/Queensdale Avenue. The victim attended the hospital where he was treated for the stab wound and later released.

As a result of the investigations that have been ongoing, charges have been laid in connection to all three investigations.

On August 8, 2017, a 16 years old male, of Ottawa, was arrested in relation to the August 3 investigation. He has been charged in relation to that investigation, and has also since been charged in relation to the July 22 and August 7 incidents. This subject is charged with the following offences:

*       Overcoming resistance to offence-render unconscious

*       Three (3) counts of kidnapping

*       Four (4) counts of robbery

*       Three (3) counts of conspiracy

*       Three (3) counts of forcible confinement

*       Two (2) counts of possession of a weapon

*       Two (2) counts Breach undertaking

*       Two (2) counts of assault with a weapon

*       Aggravated assault

*       Two (2) counts Breach of undertaking

The subject appears next in Youth Court on August 29, 2017.

During the evening of August 10, 2017, the suspects' vehicle was located by investigators and the driver was arrested without incident. In relation to these three investigations, Mohamad OTHMAN, age 18 of Ottawa, is charged with the following offences:

*       Overcome resistance to offence-render unconscious

*       Three (3) counts of kidnapping

*       Four (4) counts of robbery

*       Three (3) counts of conspiracy

*       Three (3) counts of forcible confinement

*       Two (2) counts of possession of a weapon

Mr. Othman remains in custody and appears in court next on August 23, 2017.

On August 21, 2017, two suspects, both young persons, surrendered themselves to detectives at 474 Elgin.

These persons, ages 14 & 16, are each charged separately, with the following offences, specifically in relation to the July 22, 2017 incident:

*       Robbery

*       Kidnapping

*       Forcible confinement

*       Conspiracy

The 14 years old is additionally charged with:

*       Overcome resistance to offence-render unconscious

*       Breach of probation

The 14 years old, who remains in custody, appears in Youth Court next on August 24, 2017. The 16 years old, who was released after appearing in court, appears in Youth Court next on September 6, 2017.

S/Sgt. Haarbosch, of the Robbery Unit, indicated that at least two of these occurrences were not random encounters.  The potential relationships between the victims and the suspects remain part of each of the respective investigations.

There remains a third male suspect that has yet to be identified in relation to the latter two incidents. It is currently unclear if it's the same person in each investigation. Details may be released at a later date as the investigations continue, and investigators continue to seek and obtain video images from various sources.

Police are also concerned that there may be additional victims that have not yet reported an occurrence to Police. Police have recovered property, specifically cellular phones, that have yet to be positively identified to an owner. The involved vehicle is described as being a silver, 4 door Honda Accord. Anyone that has been the victim of a similar, unreported incident, especially with a suspect associated to a similarly described vehicle, and in approximately the last month, is encouraged to contact the Robbery Unit.

Anyone with information regarding these robberies, or any other robbery, is asked to call the Ottawa Police's Robbery Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5116. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.

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CONTACT:

S/Sgt. Michael Haarbosch

Robbery/Break & Enter Units

Tel: 613-236-1222, ext. 5445