Armed rob­bery sus­pect re­leased

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An at­tempted armed rob­bery in Car­bon­ear last week that had peo­ple on edge for more than a day as po­lice hunted a sus­pect re­mained un­re­solved up to Fri­day morn­ing.

A 20-year-old male res­i­dent of Car­bon­ear was ar­rested Wed­nes­day evening, but was re­leased with­out charges be­ing laid af­ter some 20 hours in cus­tody.

How­ever, po­lice say the man re­mains a prime sus­pect in an in­ci­dent that saw a male en­ter the Red Cir­cle con­ve­nience store on Wa­ter Street just be­fore 10 p.m. on May 14 and de­mand money from the lone fe­male clerk. The man was wear­ing what po­lice have de­scribed as a “black cloth mask” over his face, and bran­dish­ing a knife.

It’s been learned the clerk re­fused to co-op­er­ate with the rob­ber, and the man fled empty handed.

An ex­ten­sive search of the area by nearly a dozen po­lice of­fi­cers and a ser­vice dog was un­suc­cess­ful, but the sus­pect was ar­rested at his home with­out in­ci­dent the next day.

When asked why the man was re­leased with­out charges, Sgt. Greg Hicks replied: “We found grounds for ar­rest. But the onus for us to ar­rest some­one is lighter than swear­ing a charge in court.”

Po­lice were still con­sid­er­ing the man a “sub­ject of in­ter­est,” and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent was con­tin­u­ing.

“We still have a num­ber of av­enues to fol­low,” Hicks said Fri­day.

Photo by Melissa Jenk­ins/spe­cial to The Com­pass

Po­lice of­fi­cers were on the scene of an at­tempted armed rob­bery at Red Cir­cle con­ve­nience store in Car­bon­ear May 14.

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