A 41-year-old man faces several charges following a series of dramatic early morning robberies in Ottawa.
Ottawa police say the first of the three incidents began at around 4 a.m. on Tuesday when a man walked into a fast food restaurant on Bronson Avenue, just south of Gladstone Avenue, and demanded money. He then grabbed money from the register and ran off with the cash.
An hour-and-a-half later, the same suspect was buzzed into a convenience store on Bell Street North. Police say the man poured a coffee, then walked behind the counter, demanded cash and threw the coffee at the employee. The suspect tried to open the register but when he couldn’t, he ran off with lottery tickets.
At 8:20 a.m, the same man returned to the fast food restaurant on Bronson Avenue armed with a syringe. He grabbed some money and ran off. He was chased by an employee who flagged down a responding patrol officer for help.
The suspect was arrested without incident. There were no injuries in any of the three robberies.
Christopher Nickolson, 41, of no fixed address, is charged with three counts of robbery, and two counts of possession of a weapon. He was to appear in court Tuesday.
Anyone with information regarding these robberies, or any robbery, is asked to call the Ottawa police 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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