Suspect in custody after attempted armed robbery in Carbonear
A 32-year-old Carbonear man was taken into custody last Thursday morning, Aug. 2, and was scheduled to appear in provincial court in St. John’s Friday, Aug. 3,
while Trinity Conception District RCMP continue their investigation into a complaint of an attempted armed robbery at a residence on Church Street, Carbonear the night before. Police received the call around 9:16 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1.
Sgt. Marc Coulombe said, “the 28-year-old (robbery) victim, also from Carbonear, was in his garage when the suspect entered and accused the victim of owing (him) money.
The RCMP’s media relations officer said, a struggle took place between the two and it is alleged the suspect attempted to steal jewelry the victim was wearing.
“During the altercation the suspect pulled something from his waist which the victim was able to knock out of his hand. Witnesses arrived at the garage and the suspect was told to leave,” the RCMP spokesman reported.
“(Before) leaving the suspect retrieved what appeared to be a handgun. Police determined the suspect had returned to his home.”
RCMP cordoned off the area while their Emergency Response Team, Police Dog Service, Crisis Negotiators and Incident Command were being dispatched to the scene, Sgt. Coulombe said.
The crisis negotiator contacted the suspect by telephone and convinced him to surrender peacefully to the police, which he did without incident.
RCMP searched two residences and several weapons were confiscated, including a small pistol air gun, which appears to be the one used during the robbery. Other weapons including, a .38 caliber revolver, a shotgun and other long weapons were seized.
Sgt. Coulombe assured the public, “at no time during this event was the safety of the public at risk.”